NEOS 20904CD NEOS 20904CD

Featured works: Matthias Müller (1966): Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (2007-2008); 6 Études de Concert for solo clarinet (2006-2008); Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868): Andante and Variations for clarinet and orchestra (1829) Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971): 3 Pieces for Clarinet (1918); Niccolo Paganini (1782 - 1840): Moto perpetuo, Op. 11, No. 6 post. for clarinet (1831-1832). Performed by Matthias Müller, clarinet ensemble zero/David Philip Hefti. Bonus DVD: Matthias Müller: 6 Études de Concert for clarinet (2006-2008) (Cyril Gfeller and Rosa Monika Guggenheim, film directors); Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007): Der kleine Harlekin for clarinet (1975) (Simon Könz, film director). "Matthias Müller demonstrates here to great effect that this wind instrument is well suited to feats of virtuosity. Rossini's Variations celebrate the romantic and bravura aspects of performance. The new concerto, which the Swiss soloist has rendered a bespoke work, centers on subtle aspects of sound as well as rhythmic flexibility. The solo works on the present recording push these ideas to their limit. Along with classic items from the solo repertoire -- the Three Pieces by Igor Stravinsky -- only Paganini can match Rossini in terms of virtuosity; and in the Etudes de Concert, by Matthias Müller himself, the clarinet technique is advanced yet another notch. It would seem he had in mind the studies by Chopin und Debussy, and this allows him to give full vent to the clarinet's capability of expression. In the videos, recorded here as a bonus DVD, Matthias Müller encroaches on new territory: while the music theatre work Der kleine Harlekin by Stockhausen has been captured in a more classical manner, the Etudes de Concert are ample evidence of his work with video artists, whose background is the genre of the pop music video clip. The result remains pure art and speaks for itself." Stereo/multichannel hybrid SACD that can be played on any CD player. All region bonus DVD.