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A Portrait of David Webber

A Portrait of David Webber


The New York Times described David Weber as ‘one of the best clarinettists in the United States’, a description that was supported by many that were fortunate enough to hear his beautifully rounded tone and his intensely expressive playing and technical brilliance. In the words of a former students  ‘A list of the great clarinettists of the twentieth century would be incomplete with the name of David Weber.’



‘The Grand Master of the clarinet’

Born in 1913 in Vilna, Lithuania David Weber moved to the United States in 1921. At the age of eleven he took up the clarinet and went on to become one of the most distinguished players of his generation. He began his career in 1938 when his playing so impressed Toscanini, that he was hired on the spot to play in the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Later appointments included assistant principle in the New York Philharmonic, principle clarinet in the Metropolitan Opera and finally the New York City Ballet Orchestra.

The recordings on this disc date from 1946 through to 1978 and cover a very wide range of music.

  • Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes
  • Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces Op. 73
  • Penderecki’s Trois Miniatures

Also included on the disc are works by Poulenc, Spohr, McDowell, Cahuzac and Glazounov. Clarinet Classics is proud to present this recital of recordings,  a fitting tribute to a great clarinettist.

  • Poulenc Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
  • Spohr Six German Songs, Op. 103
  • Edward MacDowell From Uncle Remus, Woodland Sketches, Op, By Smouldering Embers, Op. 61, No. 6 (arranged for clarinet and piano by Nicolas Roussakis)
  • Cahuzac Arlequin, Character Piece for Solo Clarinet
  • Glazunov The Seasons, Op. 67 (fragment)

David Weber was clearly a formidable player across a wide repertoire…these recordings spanning more than 30 years, reveal a warm sound deployed with great dexterity in works ranging from Schumann to Penderecki.’

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Playing Time: 71 mins.



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Full download (mp3 & flac), Download 1 Sergi Prokofiev: Overture on a Hebrew Theme, Op. 34, Download 2 Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon: I. Tres rhythme, Download 3 Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon: II. Romance, Download 4 Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon: III. Final, Download 5 Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano: I. Allegro tristamente, Download 6 Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano: II. Romanza, Download 7 Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano: III. Allegro con fuoco, Download 8 Robert Schumann: Fantasiestucke: I. Zart und mit ausdruck, Download 9 Robert Schumann: Fantasiestucke: II. Lebhaft, leicht, Download 10 Robert Schumann: Fantasiestucke: III. Rasch und mit feuer, Download 11 Louis Spour: Six German Songs: I. Sei still mein Herz, Download 12 Louis Spour: Six German Songs: II. Zwiegsang, Download 13 Louis Spour: Six German Songs: III. Sehnscht, Download 14 Louis Spour: Six German Songs: IV. Wiegenlied, Download 15 Louis Spour: Six German Songs: V. Das Heinliche Lied, Download 16 Louis Spour: Six German Songs: VI. Wach auf, Download 17 Edward McDowell: From Uncle Remus, Woodlands Sketches, Download 18 Louis Cahuzac: Arlequin for clarinet solo, Download 19 Krzystof Penderecki: Three Minatures: I. Allegro, Download 20 Krzystof Penderecki: Three Minatures: II. Andante cantabile, Download 21 Krzystof Penderecki: Three Minatures: III. Allegro ma non troppo, Download 22 Edward McDowell: By Smouldering Embers, Download 23 Alexander Glazunov: The Seasons, Op. 67 (fragment)


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