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Instrument: Clarinet

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BergenBergen Philharmonic Orchestra with Jörg Widmann

Widmann, Mozart
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Jörg Widmann

LondonBeethoven & Brahms by Candlelight: Clarinet Trios

© Kristal Hamson
Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms
Kristal Hamson; Susan Parkes; Pavlos Carvalho; Warren Mailley-Smith

BarcelonaMessiaen's Quartet for the End of Time

© Marco Borggreve
Berg, Ravel, Widmann, Carter, Messiaen
Isabelle Faust; Jörg Widmann; Jean-Guihen Queyras; Pierre-Laurent Aimard

CórdobaConcierto 11: Sinfonías concertantes

Concierto 11: Sinfonías concertantes
Fernández Barrero, Bartók, Mozart
Orquesta de Córdoba; Carlos Domínguez-Nieto; Pau Rodriguez; Joaquín Haro; José Giner; Jesús Miquel

RotterdamMozart and Brahms: chamber music

Mozart, Brahms
Lahav Shani; Remco de Vries; Jan Jansen; David Fernández Alonso
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Belgrade boys star in an unusual Carl Stamitz concerto

Nenad Janković and Ognjen Popović play Stamitz © Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra
The Belgrade Philharmonic gave Ana Sokolovic's Concerto for Orchestra a fine performance; two soloists from the orchestra entertained in a Stamitz concerto, and a gripping Brahms First Symphony concluded a splendid concert.
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The NY Phil remembers women's suffrage with new commissions

Kelley O'Connor © Steven Pisano for Bachtrack
The concert paired strong new works by Joan La Barbara, Nicole Lizée and Paola Prestini with compositions by Luciano Berio and George Crumb for a satisfying evening of adventurous works for voice.
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Jörg Widmann's somber humor at Carnegie Hall

Jörg Widmann © Richard Termine
In fragments and miniatures, the ensemble pieces were most satisfying, allowing Widmann not to build arguments but define subjects by contrast, showing a quick wit and a flair for suspense. 
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A Brahms clarinet feast from Michael Collins at Wigmore Hall

Michael Collins © Benjamin Ealovega
Brahms wrote four of the greatest works in the clarinet repertoire for his friend Richard Mühlfeld. The indefatigable Michael Collins performed three of them in the latest recital in Stephen Hough's Brahms residency.
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A trip down memory lane for Martin Fröst at Wigmore Hall

Martin Fröst © Mats Bäcker
An evening of “French Beauties and Swedish Beasts” from the Swedish clarinettist, demonstrating phenomenal tone and dare-devil risk-taking. 
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