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Bernhard Henrick Crussell

Concertos for clarinet and orchestra

The three clarinet concertos are Crusell’s best-known works. Stylistically they hark back to late Viennese Classicism, but also reflect the influence of Louis Spohr and Carl Maria von Weber, whose clarinet concertos provide an obvious point of reference. Crusell composed his concertos for his own use, and the solo parts are very musically in character.

Although the music is technically quite demanding, Crusell did not succumb to the temptations of superficial virtuosity. He made effective use of the songful quality of the clarinet, and of its range and capacity for abrupt switches of register.

Vincenzo Casale has been asked to play with” Le Concert d’Anvers” with the musical director Bart van Reyn in the coming season 2013-2014.