Victoria Soames Samek – clarinet
with Elizabeth Ritchie – soprano Roger Heaton – basset horn
Julius Drake and Jennifer Purvis – piano
Duke String Quartet and The Mühlfeld Ensemble
The re-presentation of A Portrait of Heinrich Baermann and A Portrait of Simon Hermstedt in this specially priced Limited Edition Box Set.
Both CDs incorporate both major repertoire and rare gems from the 18th and 19th centuries – an exciting period of development for the clarinet. The Baermann and Weber Quintets sit beside the Spohr Six German Songs and Mozart’s Aria from La Clemenza di Tito.
In re-presenting both CDs, with a special focus on the repertoire, this Limited Edition, special price box set offers listeners the chance to reacquaint themselves with both masterpieces from the repertoire and lesser known gems including Baermann’s Air Varié and Paer’s ‘Una voce al cor mi parla’.
- Weber’s glorious Quintet – one of the cornerstones of the chamber repertoire
- The two Konzertstück by Mendelssohn
- Songs and Arias by Spohr and Mozart for soprano and featuring an obligato clarinet
- Weber’s Seven Variations Op.33
These are just some of the highlights on this double album. With more than 150 minutes of music, this wonderful collection features masterpieces which will be cherished by any lover of classical music.
” What a splendid performance it receives (Weber Quintet). Victoria Soames has a beautifully rounded tone, a sensitive feeling for style, and a seemingly effortless technique.”
“Victoria Soames is the star of the disc ….. she performs with style and grace and is able to accompany the soprano where necessary, before stepping in to the limelight herself when needed.”
Playing Time: 153 mins.