The gorgeous opening of the second movement Adagio begins from nothing, with the clarinet emerging to define the key of Bb.
The first tone sample is of a modern clarinet. The tone is lovely; it's centered, ringing, pure. It seems to come from inside my head!
The second sample is played on a reproduction of a clarinet from Schubert's time. The sound is a bit more open; some would say spready or hollow. But I hear it as more like a voice than the first, more singing.
In the past I would not have liked the kind of tone produced by the old style instrument, but thanks to performances like this, with its emotional clarity and pure velvety tone, I like it as much as (if not more than) the modern clarinet.
What is your take on the two tones? Do you think performances like the second on a period instrument have influenced the overall concept of clarinet tone?
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