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“The Grand Master of the clarinet”
Born in 1913 in Vilna, Lithuania, 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 CD which is 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.