Clarinet Tone Talk 8: Weber Quintet

One of my favorite pieces for clarinet is the Quintet for Clarinet and Strings by Karl Maria von Weber. According to string players, it's boring for them compared to the Mozart and Brahms quintets. But the clarinet part is genius. Weber explores the limits of the instrument with such style and panache, creating a unique contribution to the clarinet's musical history.

Here are 2 samples from each of 3 players, a clip from the first movement Allegro, and one from the third movement Menuetto.

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I won't hide the fact that the first samples are myself playing, from a live performance. Although the performance is certainly not clean and polished, I thought it would be fun to put it in the mix.

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5 comments for “Clarinet Tone Talk 8: Weber Quintet

  1. Bob Pfeifer
    November 17, 2010 at

    David…you do sound very nice on this Weber…more like Manasse than Neidich. I love this recording of Manasse…it’s one of my favorites. I’ve always really loved his sound – very round, “pingy” with lots of core to it. Neidich always sounds a little more “bright” or not a “focused” to me. My top 3 clarinet sounds are Wright, Marcellus, and Manasse. Morales is a close 4th, especially when you take into account his amazing control. Thanks so much for putting these together and sharing!

  2. Evgeny
    November 12, 2010 at

    Hi David,

    The second one is J.Manasse
    The third one is R.Stolzman.
    Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    • November 14, 2010 at

      Hi Evgeny- The third player is Neidich.

  3. John Peacock
    November 9, 2010 at

    Hi David. Without wanting to seem like a crawler, you clearly sound better than the other two. Your sound has more body and warmth, and yet a nice resonance with perky articulation in the menuetto. The other two just leave me wishing they were more beautiful. Number 2 sounds German, but not as smooth as modern German players can be. Number 3 has what I would have thought of as a more typical US sound (and they cheat with the rhythm in the opening of the menuetto to make the arpeggio easier!).

    • November 10, 2010 at

      Hello John. Your comment much appreciated. As with your favorable opinion. Hopefully I can stay focused on making a few recordings in the next year or two and share beyond just sound clips on here.

      Best,
      D

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