Klarinet Archive - Posting 000125.txt from 2002/05
Subj: [kl] Antonio Casimir Cartellieri
Date: Sat, 4 May 2002 19:00:03 -0400
Two CD recommendations:
Antonio Casimir Cartellieri, played by Dieter Klocker and the Prague Chamber
Orchestra, Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm, MDG 301 0527-2
Released in 1996
Concerto No. 1 for Clarinet and Orchestra in B-flat major
Adagio Pastorale, from the otherwise lost Clarinet Concerto No. 2.
Concerto No. 3 for Clarinet and Orchestra in E-flat major
Antonio Casimir Cartellieri, Wind Concertos, Volume 2 (all with Prague
Chamber Orchestra), Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm, MDG 301 0960-2
Released in 2000
Concerto for Two Clarinets and Orchestra in B-flat major (Dieter Klocker and
Sandra Arnold, clarinets)
Allegro aperto for Clarinet and Orchestra in B-flat (Klocker)
Concerto for Flute and Orchestra in G major (Kornelia Brandkamp, flute)
I'd never heard of Antonio Casimir Cartellieri (1771-1807) until these
recordings roused my curiosity. A search of the Klarinet archives today
turns up not one mention of Cartellieri; nor is his music mentioned in the
composers' database. Klarinet's Discography section lists the first
recording but not the second.
These musicians sound to me as though they all play (extremely well!) on
modern instruments. Clarinetist Dieter Klocker, Professor of Clarinet and
Wind Chamber Music at the State Academy of Music in Freiburg, Germany, wrote
the liner notes. He argues that Cartellieri wrote for clarinet, not basset,
although "Anton Stadler (1853-1812), Mozart's clarinetist friend, was also
Cartellieri's advisor while our composer was performing together with
Beethoven in Vienna." The demanding, virtuosic but melodic music speaks for
itself in arguing that this composer is an individualist, well worth
rediscovering. Sandra Arnold, one of Klocker's students, sounds worth
These are technically excellent CDs with substantial, informative booklets.
Klocker's notes include a long quotation from Cartellieri's son's biography
of the composer. The first volume's booklet lists the names of all the
personnel in the conductorless orchestra (founded in 1951 by members of the
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra), with a photo.
A Google search today turns up a few brief discography listings and CD
sellers' promotions of these recordings, along with a web site for the CD
MDG (Musikproduktion Dabringshaus und Grimm) Web site http://www.mdg.de
The MDG web site also lists a DVD audio version (6 channel playback) of
Volume 2, as: Wind Concertos Vol. 2. MDG 901 0960-5 [Germany] 2+2+2
multichannel sound, 5.1 compatible 48kHz/16bit.
Evidently a few other recordings exist of various compositions by
Cartellieri, including a 1993 recording of three Divertimenti for winds that
also features Dieter Klocker.