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For his first release on Alpha, the clarinetist and conductor Jörg Widmann celebrates the music of a composer who wrote some of the finest pieces ever devoted to his instrument: Carl Maria von Weber. With the ensemble of which he is principal conductor, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, he has recorded the Clarinet Quintet (in its version with string ensemble) and the Concertino, composed in 1811 and 1815 respectively, along with the ever-popular Overture to Der Freischütz. The pianist Denis Kozhukhin joins Widmann to perform the Grand Duo concertant. This album is the first in a series of recordings that will also give us a chance to meet Jörg Widmann in his role as one of the most active composers of his generation.

"Jorg Widmann makes an impassioned plea in the CD booklet on behalf of Weber and the highly charged drama of his music. It's that dramatic tension which he conveys so vividly in these very personal performances which remind us that besides being a fine clarinettist Widmann is a brilliantly inventive composer. "
BBC Music Magazine
"Widmann's playing is often spectacularly good. "
Gramophone
"Widmann delights every bit as much in the playful sparkiness of the fast movements as the plaintive melancholy of the introverted Adagio."
The Irish Times
"Widmann sports his wonderfully expressive personality, outstanding fingers and articulation, daring tempos, and dramatic flair. "
American Record Guide