Hans Gál: Chamber Music for Clarinet

Like Brahms and Reger, Hans Gál (1890–1987) expressed some of his last musical thoughts in the form of a Clarinet Quintet, this one written when its composer was 87 years old. But the earlier works here – the Serenade written in Vienna between Gál’s expulsion from Nazi Germany and his flight after the Anschluss, and the Trio, composed in his new home of Edinburgh – reveal that its elegiac, autumnal lyricism was his natural mode of expression. In these three scores, indeed, he produced some of the loveliest music in the clarinet repertoire.

Ensemble Burletta
Shelley Levy, clarinet
Katalin Kertész, violin
Joanne Green, violin (Tracks 1 – 3)
Nichola Blakey, viola (Tracks 1 – 3)
Cressida Nash, cello (Tracks 1 – 3)
Pavel Timofeyevsky, piano (Tracks 4 – 6)


Catalogue No: TOCC0377
EAN/UPC: 5060113443779
Release Date: 01.10.2016
Composer: Hans Gál
Artists: Ensemble Burletta

Listen To This Recording:

    Clarinet Quintet, Op. 107 (1977)*

  1. I Allegro comodo
  2. II Lento – quasi allegretto
  3. III Poco adagio – allegro molto
  4. Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Op. 97 (1950)

  5. I Moderato assai
  6. II Andantino capriccioso
  7. III Tema con variazioni
  8. Serenade for Clarinet, Violin and Cello, Op. 93 (1935)*

  9. I Cantabile
  10. II Burletta
  11. III Intermezzo
  12. IV Giocoso

*First Recordings

1 review for Hans Gál: Chamber Music for Clarinet

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    ‘The Quintet, written when the composer was 87, is the epitome of the fluid and bubbling soul of the instrument. The music is in ceaseless flow. What this composer has to say calms and heals. The language is rooted in the autumnal clarinet scores of Brahms and in this case the branches are not that remote from the roots. The music is imbued with an old-fashioned grace and personable dignity. The Trio, written when Gal had been living in the UK for twelve years, is a degree more playful but just as warm and “deep pile” as the Quintet. Its demeanour is a shade closer to the English pastoral – the cavatina spirit of Finzi to be found in his Concerto and Bagatelles for the instrument. The four-movement Serenade is as relaxed as the title would lead you to expect. It comprises an intricate Cantabile, a buffeting Spring breeze of a Burletta packed with character, a serenading Intermezzo in constantly changing mood-finery and an affable Giocoso that pauses at 2:20 for one of Gál’s delightful melodies: slow, confident and beguiling. The typically full notes are by Eva Fox-Gál who has done and continues to do so much to keep the Gál flame fuelled and oxygen-renewed. … Welcome music radiating confidence, depth and a smile; all ardently performed.’ –Music Web International, November 2016

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