Adolf Busch: Chamber Music, Volume Two: Music for Clarinet II

Adolf Busch: Chamber Music, Volume Two: Music for Clarinet II

Adolf Busch (1891–1952) enjoys a reputation as one of the greatest of all violinists: his recordings of Beethoven with the Busch Quartet have never been surpassed. But Busch was also one of the major composers of his day, equally natural as contrapuntist and melodist, with a style that owed much to his boyhood idol, Max Reger. Yet, always a man of principle, he sacrificed his career as both violinist and composer with his dignified refusal to perform or be performed in Nazi Germany. This second CD of his lyrical writing for clarinet, one in a series of recordings of Busch’s light-filled chamber music, is part of the rediscovery of one of the leading musicians of his day.

Bettina Beigelbeck, clarinet; Busch Kollegium Karlsruhe

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Catalogue No: TOCC0293
EAN/UPC: 5060113442932
Release Date: 03.07.2015
Composer: Adolf Busch
Artists: Bettina Beigelbeck, Busch Kollegium Karlsruhe

Listen To This Recording:

  1. Divertimento, Op. 62b: I Allegretto grazioso
  2. Divertimento, Op. 62b: II Quasi presto
  3. Divertimento, Op. 62b: III Andante molto sostenuto
  4. Divertimento, Op. 62b: IV Molto comodo
  5. Divertimento, Op. 62b: V Scherzo: Vivace assai
  6. Divertimento, Op. 62b: VI Allegretto grazioso
  7. Sonata in A major, Op. 54: I Allegro ma non troppo
  8. Sonata in A major, Op. 54: II Scherzando vivace
  9. Sonata in A major, Op. 54: III Grave, Adagio espressivo e cantabile
  10. Suite in D minor, Op. 37a: I Andante tranquillo
  11. Suite in D minor, Op. 37a: II Adagio
  12. Suite in D minor, Op. 37a: III Scherzo: Molto vivace
  13. Suite in D minor, Op. 37a: IV Vivace
  14. Hausmusik: Duet No. 2, Op. 26b: I Allegro
  15. Hausmusik: Duet No. 2, Op. 26b: II Scherzo
  16. Hausmusik: Duet No. 2, Op. 26b: III Andante tranquillo
  17. Hausmusik: Duet No. 2, Op. 26b: IV Allegro moderato a con spirito
  18. Hausmusik: Duet No. 2, Op. 26b: No. 1 in F major
  19. Five Canons in Unison, BoO 60: No. 2 in D major
  20. Five Canons in Unison, BoO 60: No. 3 in B minor
  21. Five Canons in Unison, BoO 60: No. 4 in A major
  22. Five Canons in Unison, BoO 60: No. 5 in B flat major
  23. Hausmusik: German Dances for B flat, Op. 26c: Ruhiges Walzertempo – Vivace

1 review for Adolf Busch: Chamber Music, Volume Two: Music for Clarinet II

  1. :

    … This second volume is sensibly programmed to give us more examples of his homely Hausmusik, a Divertimento, a major Clarinet Sonata and the Suite for solo clarinet, as well as a sequence of delightful Canons. The 1944 Divertimento is a genial six-movement affair for clarinet, oboe and cor anglais and shows a certain vaudevillian side to Busch’s nature … In fact humour is never far from the surface in a number of his chamber works and is a welcome element: there is no stern, Olympian mind at work here. Charming and witty throughout, the Scherzo, the penultimate movement, is the centre of gravity in terms of development. …
    [The Clarinet Sonata of 1939:] The ethos is late-Brahmsian and the work is interestingly constructed with a brief scherzando surrounded by two quite imposing outer movements. There’s much lyricism to be encountered and increasingly in the finale a splendid quotient of loquacious humour. Melodic writing is generously parcelled out between the two instruments. A much earlier work is the 1926 Suite for solo clarinet, quite a demanding test of accuracy and breath control. The Prelude-like start echoes Bach, as often with this great Bachian, with some big leaps as well and following a quirky, comic chromatic Scherzo we reach the finale, the longest of the four movements. …
    The Hausmusik Duet No.2 for violin and B flat clarinet is Mozartean, affectionately unpretentious, whilst the German Dances evoke the world of Schubert pithy, unceremonial, and charming.
    The performances are uniformly fine and marry technical finesse with affectionate warmth. —Music Web International, August 2015

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