Mark van de Wiel

Phibbs and Mozart: Clarinet Concertos

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212057827
Catnr: SIGCD 578
Release date: 09 August 2019
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About the album

Mark van de Wiel joins the Philharmonia Orchestra under Christopher Warren-Green in the premiere recording of Joseph Phibbs’ Clarinet Concerto, praised by The Sunday Times following its UK debut as a work “that will surely be performed all over the world”. Following a long friendship between composer and soloist, Phibbs and van de Wiel collaborated to create this stunning and virtuosic new work for the clarinet and orchestra, which features a thrilling cadenza at the end of the first movement.

It is paired with a scintillating live concert-recording of Mozart’s timeless Concerto for Basset Clarinet in A Major, K. 622, performed with the London Chamber Orchestra.
De Engelse klarinettist Mark van de Wiel brengt samen met het Philharmonia Orchestra en het London Chamber Orchestra en onder leiding van dirigent Christopher Warren-Green, een bijzonder album uit. Het is een opwindende combinatie de muziek van Joseph Phibbs met die van Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Spannende cadans

Als eerste is de premièreopname van het grootschalige klarinetconcert van Joseph Phibbs te horen. Mark van de Wiel, begeleid door het Philharmonia Orchestra, kwijt zich uitstekend van die taak. Na het debuutconcert in het Verenigd Koninkrijk werd het concert door The Sunday Times omschreven als een werk “dat zeker over de hele wereld uitgevoerd zal worden.” De Engelse componist Phibbs en klarinetsolist Van de Wiel zijn al lang met elkaar bevriend en werkten samen om dit prachtige en nieuwe virtuoze werk voor klarinet en orkest te creëren, met een spannende cadens aan het einde van het eerste deel.

Tijdloos concert
De moderne muziek van Phibbs is op dit album gekoppeld aan een sprankelende live-opname van Mozarts tijdloze Concert voor Bassetklarinet in A groot, K. 622, uitgevoerd met het London Chamber Orchestra.


As principal clarinet of the Philharmonia Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta, and a well-known soloist, he performs at major venues throughout the world. Recent solo highlights have included the Finzi Concerto with the Philharmonia and John Wilson in London and on tour, Boulez’s Domaines at the 2015 Proms, the world première of the van der Aa clarinet concerto Hysteresis, commissioned for him by the London Sinfonietta, and the Mozart Concerto with the London Chamber Orchestra. Mark has given several London premieres in the Philharmonia’s Music of Today series, and elsewhere the Spanish première of the Carter Concerto, the UK première of the Carter Clarinet Quintet, and of Sir John Taverner’s Cantus Mysticus (at the Proms), and the London première of Graham Fitkin’s Agnostic. Recordings include Ben Foskett’s Hornet, Philip Cashian’s Blue Circus and Flint Juventino Beppe’s Distant Words with the Philharmonia and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Mark has been the clarinettist with Endymion since its formation in 1980. Other chamber music collaborators have included Pascal Rogé, Geoffrey Parsons, Elizabeth Leonskaja, Kate Royal and the Brodsky Quartet, with whom he gave the London première of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Hymn to Artemis Locheia. With Zsolt-Tihamėr Visontay and Yefim Bronfman he gave several performances of Bartok’s Contrasts in the Philharmonia’s Bartok series Infernal Dance. Other highlights have included the Mozart Quintet in Brazil, and the Berio Sequenza at the Sydney Opera House.

Born in Northampton and educated at Merton College, Oxford, and the Royal College of Music, Mark was appointed principal clarinettist with Welsh National Opera and subsequently with Glyndebourne Touring Opera. He joined the Philharmonia as principal clarinet in 2000, and the London Sinfonietta in 2002. He is also principal with the London Chamber Orchestra (with whom he has appeared as soloist at La Scala, Milan), For several years he was the clarinet and basset horn soloist in Mozart’s Clemenza di Tito at the Bayerisches Staatsoper. Mark has been awarded an Honorary Associateship by the Royal Academy of Music, where he is a Professor, and an Honorary Doctorate by Northampton University. Mark is the clarinet professor for the I, Culture Orchestra, and for the British Isles Music Festival. He is a committed teacher, and has given masterclasses world-wide (recently in Australia, Singapore, Poland and Brazil).


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