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Hindemith · Blacher
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Samuel Capricornus
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Richard Wagner
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Johann Melchior Molter
Trumpet and Clarinet Concertos
Symphony in D major
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Wolfgang Bauer · trumpet
Martin Spangenberg · clarinet
Ruben Gazarian · conductor
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Most of the surviving instrumental works of Johann Molter date from his second period in Karlsruhe and
show transition from late Baroque to early Classical or to the “Mannheim school”, as can already be seen
in the way Johann Molter largely eschews the contrapuntal techniques that, given his background and
education, he must have known well. Other pointers include his preference for simple, generally
shortphrased melody and plain but not primitive harmony and the demotion of the harpsichord from its
status as continuo instrument. Formally, Molter remains fairly conventional: all the works on this CD
display the same three-part sonata layout, realized with refreshing conciseness and brevity.
The composer links his Italian-inspired techniques of string playing and formal shaping with the special
features of the French styles (interesting rhythmic patterns, occasional chromatic “clouding” and
unexpected modulations into the minor, as in the third movement of his first clarinet concerto). The
trumpet concertos on this CD, embodying “the last days of the high courtly art of clarino playing”
(Wolfgang Bauer) and brilliantly exploiting all the resources of those extremely high valveless trumpets,
have much in common with his clarinet concertos in the way they interpret the music, down to their
closing flourishes at the ends of movements; nor is this coincidental. The clarinet – in this case the D
clarinet, sharing only the uppermost regions of the later B flat and A clarinets – is strictly speaking a “little
clarino”, a small and very high trumpet. In the slow movements, however, there is evidence of the soonto-
be-prevalent wistfully lyrical character of the new instrument, especially beloved of Mozart and the
Romantic composers from Weber to Reger.

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Track List
   Concerto No. 3 for trumpet, strings and continuo, MWV IV, 14
1. I Allegro 3:58
2. II Andante cantabile 3:06
3. III Allegro             3:17
       
  Symphony in D major, MWV VII, 24
4. I Allegro 1:45
5. II Andante 3:30
6. III Allegro 3:16
       
  Concerto No. 1 for clarinet, strings and continuo in A major, MWV VI, 41
7. I Concerto. Moderato 4:08
8. II Largo 4:08
9. III Allegro 3:08
       
   Concerto No. 2 for trumpet, strings and continuo, MWV IV, 13
10. I Allegro
3:31
11. II Adagio             
4:28
12. III Allegro 2:07
       
  Concerto No. 3 for clarinet, strings and continuo in G major, MWV VI, 40
13. I Concerto. Moderato 4:29
14. II Adagio 4:34
15. III Allegro 2:13
       
  Concerto No. 1 for trumpet, strings and continuo, MWV IV, 12
16. I Allegro 2:59
17. II Adagio 4:07
18. III Allegro 2:18
    total time: 61:13

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