Clement, Franz Joseph - Violin Concertos Nos. 1-2
Contzen, Mirijam / Wdr S. Koln
The conductor Reinhard Goebel is one of the best known personalities of the German classical world, an "Enlightenment in a Sea of Mediocrity" (New York Times), a world-renowned mediator of historical performance practice and a never-ending source of repertoire treasures
His Sony Classical recording of the Brandenburg Concertos with the Berlin Baroque Soloists received the best reviews worldwide and an Opus Klassik and is considered a new reference. For the great Beethoven year 2020, "Beethoven's World" is now being published as the result of years of research and music project, in which Goebel researches unknown works by Beethoven and his contemporaries and thereby seeks to stimulate a new classification of Beethoven
Sony Classical now releases the first album of "Beethoven's World" with violin concertos by Franz Clement. Clement (1780-1842) was regarded as one of the great violin virtuosos of his time and Beethoven dedicated his Violin Concerto to him, which he titled "per clemenza per Clement" and which can be interpreted as a reaction to Clement's first own Violin Concerto of 1805. The similarities between Clement's Violin Concerto No. 1 and Beethoven's Violin Concerto op. 61 are by no means accidental, but direct references, winking passing of balls and creative reactions to each other, which then repeat themselves in the opposite direction in Clement's Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor / D major, which was composed shortly afterwards
On this album both violin concertos by Franz Clement can be heard for the first time - the second violin concerto is a world premiere recording. The works were recorded by Mirijam Contzen with the WDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Reinhard Goebel. Fascinating music that allows a different view of the exceptional artist Beethoven.
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