Stamitz: Quartets for Clarinet - Arthur Campbell
Classical - Chamber
Stamitz: Quartets for Clarinet Op. 8 No. 4 • Op. 19 No. 1 • Op. 19 No. 2 • Op. 19 No. 3
Arthur Campbell [clarinet]
Gregory Maytan [violin]
Paul Swantek [viola]
Pablo Mahave-Veglia [cello]
Carl Stamitz's Clarinet Quartets Op. 8 and Op. 19 are amongst the earliest compositions for clarinet and string trio and document the increasing significance of the clarinet in the second half of the eighteenth century. These quartets demonstrate Stamitz's profound understanding of the instrument and also allow an illuminating insight into his idiom. With his sensitive interpretations, Arthur Campbell manages to emphasise the cantabile quality of the clarinet, which dominates all the quartets recorded on this SACD.
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Review by John Broggio - March 30, 2013
Simply utterly charming.
The music may not be the most involving ever put down on paper but Campbell and his colleagues Gregory Maytan, Paul Swantek & Pablo Mahave-Veglia play as if this is first rate music. In reality, these quartets are almost miniature concertos; the movement structure is fast-slow-fast and the string parts are subservient to that of the clarinet. Despite such meagre offerings for Campbell's colleagues, they give their all to the music and are stylistically completely attuned to him. The four musicians choose their tempos to perfection so that the slow movements flow with a graceful ease and the outer movements babble away delightfully. They are gloriously unconcerned with matters HIP - such music does not necessarily demand or benefit greatly from such an approach for, as demonstrated amply here, all the lines can easily be heard without effort on the part of the listener.
Audite's recording is such that one never considers it as a factor in the enjoyment of the playing. It never hinders and never seeks to flatter, it simply "is".
A wonderful "easy listening" disc.
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