Molter: Clarinet Concertos

Molter: Clarinet Concertos
Composer Johann Melchior Molter
Artist Henk de Graaf clarinet
Amadeus Ensemble Rotterdam
Marien van Staalen conductor
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 93337
EAN code 5028421933375
Release March 2007

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Johann Melchoir Molter wrote six clarinet concertos. The first four of these dating from around 1745 makes them the earliest known solo concertos for this instrument. In fact at this stage the writing for the clarinet resembles the contemporary trumpet concertos, only using the upper register for melodies.

The composer clearly tried to break away from the concerto grosso form which resulted in charming concertos with the clarinet in the centre. however, one has to do without the in the Romantic period much used lower register.

These very recent recordings of all six of Molter’s concertos provide a much needed addition to available incomplete sets. Brilliant performances by clarinettist Henk de Graaf and the Amadeus Ensemble.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Concerto Nr. 5 in D Major: Allegro
  2. Concerto Nr. 5 in D Major: Andante
  3. Concerto Nr. 5 in D Major: Tempo di Menuetto
  4. Concerto Nr. 1 in A Major: Moderato
  5. Concerto Nr. 1 in A Major: Largo
  6. Concerto Nr. 1 in A Major: Allegro
  7. Concerto Nr. 2 in D Major: Moderato
  8. Concerto Nr. 2 in D Major: Largo
  9. Concerto Nr. 2 in D Major: Allegro
  10. Concerto Nr. 3 in G Major: Moderato
  11. Concerto Nr. 3 in G Major: Adagio
  12. Concerto Nr. 3 in G Major: Allegro
  13. Concerto Nr. 4 in D Major: Moderato
  14. Concerto Nr. 4 in D Major: Adagio
  15. Concerto Nr. 4 in D Major: Allegro