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Clement: Violin Concertos Nos. 1-2 / Mirijam Contzen

Clement: Violin Concertos Nos. 1-2 / Mirijam Contzen

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Conductor Reinhard Goebel is one of the most famous personalities of the German classical music world, an "icon of the Early Music" (Süddeutsche Zeitung), an "enlightenment in a sea of mediocrity" (New York Times), a world-renowned mediator of historical performance practice and a never-ending source for repertoire treasures. His Sony Classical recording of the Brandenburg Concertos by Bach with the Berlin Baroque Soloists received worldwide best reviews, an Opus Klassik and is considered a new reference. For Beethoven's anniversary year 2020, "Beethoven's World" now appears as the result of a long-standing research and music project in which Reinhard Goebel explores unknown works by Beethoven and his contemporaries, thereby encouraging a relocation of Beethoven. The present recording is the first album of "Beethoven's World" and features the two violin concertos by Franz Joseph Clement (1780-1842). Clement was considered one of the greatest violin virtuosos of his time and Beethoven (1770-1827) dedicated his Violin Concerto to Clement by writing on the score “Concerto par Clemenza pour Clement” and which can be considered in response to Clement's first 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. Rather, they reflect the way in which the two composers could refer directly to one another, tossing balls back and forth with a nod and a wink and sparking creative reactions – a process repeated in reverse in the case of Clement’s Second Violin Concerto in D Minor/D Major that was written only a short time afterwards. Both violin concertos by Franz Clement can be heard on this album for the first time - the second violin concerto is a world premiere recording. The works were recorded by Mirijam Contzen with WDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Reinhard Goebel. Fascinating music that allows a different view of the exceptional composer Beethoven. TRACKLISTFranz Joseph Clement (1780-1842)Concerto No. 1 in D Major for Violin and Orchestra (1805)1. Allegro maestoso2. Adagio3. AllegroConcerto No. 2 in D Minor/D Major for Violin and Orchestra (after 1806)4. Moderato5. Adagio​​​​​​​6. Rondo. Allegro

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    • Number of Discs: 1
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    • Label: Sony Masterworks SRM 5
    • UPC/Barcode: 190759296325
    • Item Number: 19075929632