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With the participation of: Quatuor Danel, Arnaud Thorette, Antoine Pierlot

Jean-Luc Votano, principal clarinet of the Liège Royal Philharmonic (OPRL), here presents a work by a ‘classic’ figure of the twentieth century, the Kammerkonzert for clarinet, string quartet and string orchestra of Karl Amadeus Hartmann (1930), along with two compositions of the twenty-first: Magnus Lindberg’s Clarinet Concerto, of which Votano gave the Belgian premiere with the OPRL, and Fantasme – Cercles de Mana by Johan Farjot. The latter work, scored for clarinet, viola, cello and orchestra, here receives its world premiere on disc before being performed to a concert hall audience. An album that admirably reflects the virtuosity and musicality of one of the OPRL’s principal soloists.

Diapason Or award Le choix de France Musique award Prix Caecilia award Diapason Or 2019 award

"Votano leads with a big clear sound, an expressive personality, and marvelous technique; and in the Lindberg, he displays an exceptional command of multiphonics, double-tonguing, quartertones, and the clarinet’s altimissimo register"
American Record Guide, December 2019