The following audio tracks are from a live performance at the Ohio State University in February, 2009.
Felix Mendelssohn Concert Pieces, Opp. 113 and 114, composed in 1832, were originally for clarinet and Basset Horn. Written as bravura pieces, each one is a self-contained mini concerto with three movements. Together, they make a nice matching pair. In this arrangement for two clarinets, Columbus Symphony Orchestra colleague Robert 'Woody' Jones played as many licks as possible down an octave to give the tonal weight of the Basset Horn.
Caroline Hong, piano, organized this wonderful tribute to Mendelssohn for his 200th. It was a great collaboration between The Ohio State University and the Columbus Symphony, which I hope will happen more often.
Here is some informative and entertaining background to the pieces, which I quote from Presto Classical.
Heinrich Baermann and his son Carl were two of the great clarinet virtuosos of the 19th century, their artistry celebrated the length and breadth of Europe.To their friendship with Felix Mendelssohn we owe the latter's two Concert Pieces opp. 113 and 114, works associated with an amusing anecdote retold by Carl Baermann, who reports that the alternative title of the first piece, 'grand duet for sweet yeast dumpling and cream puff, clarinet and basset-horn', stems from a culinary duel fought between him and Mendelssohn in Berlin at the end of 1832. By preparing yeast dumplings and cream puffs, Baermann apparently persuaded Mendelssohn to respond to a commission that his father had given him some time earlier, encouraging him to slave away at his 'piano stove', while he himself busied himself in the kitchen. It cannot be said that either of these two works simmers at a low heat or that the second of them should be "thrown into the fire", as Mendelssohn himself insisted.
Felix Mendelssohn Concert Piece 1-
Felix Mendelssohn Concert Piece 2-