About the album
The four works on this disc, all composed in the 1940s, embrace the lingering end of one musical tradition and the vigorous upsurge of another. Mellifluous, retrospective and playful, the Duet Concertino and Prelude to Capriccio were works of Richard Strauss’s Indian Summer – an old man’s refuge from the barbarism of war and its aftermath. What the public thought of them was incidental, even irrelevant. In the same decade, Aaron Copland and other younger American composers were reaching out, via radio, recordings and film, to a new mass audience. The European influence of Appalachian Spring and the Clarinet Concerto, though inescapable, was minimised in a populist, vernacular idiom that absorbed native folk music and jazz.
Richard Stamp unites some of the finest instrumentalists from the UK and Europe in these performances – featuring celebrated orchestras the Academy of London and the Royal Northern Sinfonia with renowned Austrian soloists Ernst Ottensamer and Stepan Turnovsky.
Stepan Turnovsky joined the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 1978 and has kept the position of Solo Bassoonist there since 1985, performing with conductors such as Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, Karl Böhm, Carlos Kleiber amongst many others.
The late Ernst Ottensamer was a former principal clarinettist at the Vienna Philharmonic and an avid performer of chamber music – founding numerous ensembles and collaborating with musicians such as Sir Simon Rattle, André Previn, Daniel Barenboim and Rudolf Buchbinder amongst others. In 2005 he found a clarinet trio with his sons Daniel and Andreas Ottensamer – themselves the Principal Clarinettists of the Vienna Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. This present performance represents his last concerto recording.
11Duet Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon, TrV 293 I. Allegro moderato
12Duet Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon, TrV 293 II. Andante
13Duet Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon, TrV 293 III. Allegro ma non troppo
14Capriccio, Op. 85 TrV 279 Prelude
15Clarinet Concerto I. Slowly and Expressively
16Clarinet Concerto II. Rather Fast
17Appalachian Spring Suite (Original Version) I. Very Slowly
18Appalachian Spring Suite (Original Version) II. Fast
19Appalachian Spring Suite (Original Version) III. Moderate
110Appalachian Spring Suite (Original Version) IV. Quite Fast
111Appalachian Spring Suite (Original Version) V. Still Faster
112Appalachian Spring Suite (Original Version) VI. Very Slowly (As at First)
113Appalachian Spring Suite (Original Version) VII. Calm and Flowing
114Appalachian Spring Suite (Original Version) VIII. Moderate. Coda.