Performer: Lisa Shklyaver, Jos van Immerseel
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Zig-Zag Territoires
Size: 1.01 GB
Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in B-Flat Major, FP 184
01. I. Allegro tristamente
02. II. Romanza
03. III. Allegro con fuoco
Saint-Saëns: Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, Op. 167
04. I. Allegretto
05. II. Allegro animato
06. III. Lento
07. IV. Molto allegro – Allegretto
08. Debussy: Rhapsody for clarinet & piano (or orchestra), L. 116 ‘Première rapsodie’
09. Bloch, André: Denneriana
10. Pierné, G: Canzonetta in E-Flat Major, Op. 19
Milhaud: Scaramouche, Op. 165
11. I. Vif
12. II. Modéré
13. III. Brazileira
‘Musical love at first sight’, that is a good description of the meeting of Jos van Immerseel and Lisa Shklyaver. With her sweet tone and fine articulation, the young clarinettist effortlessly won the pianist over. No matter which repertoire they played, it clicked immediately.
The desire to come as close as possible to the sound aesthetic of composers at the time of the first performance of their works, along with the simple pleasure of the sound of period instruments, guide Jos van Immerseel in his approach.
For this recording, offering a panorama of French music for clarinet and piano from the early 20th century, Jos van Immerseel has chosen a Bechstein piano of 1870, and Lisa Schklyaver, a Dolnet Lefevre & Pigis clarinet from 1930.
The recording is doubly precious in that it proposes both the view of one of the finest performers of French music on a variety of remarkable works as well as, in a way, the sonority and poetry of an era.
2015 marks Jos van Immerseel’s 70th birthday, one of Belgium’s most acclaimed musicians. Later in 2015 Jos van Immerseel and Anima Eterna will record and release an album of Janacek and Dvorak.