Annelien van Wauwe clarinet
Clarinet works by Debussy, Manfred Trojahn, Pierné, Brahms and Widor
with Orchestre National de Lille
Alexandre Bloch conductor
Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie emerges gradually from the mists, immediately establishing the Belgian clarinettist’s warm, elegant tone and easy legato. Trills are evenly placed and the high notes are floated without becoming pinched… The most interesting item on the disc is undoubtedly the Trojahn Rhapsodie…The Reverie opens in suitably dreamy mode but soon turns nightmarish, with huge plunges from stratospheric top notes to the bottom…while the Caprice is a helter-skelter high-wire act for the soloist which Van Wauwe navigates with aplomb.
Guy Rickards, Gramophone, December 2019
The muted opening of the Debussy Première Rhapsodie is beautifully played here… It is a piece that requires great skill and control in both the soloist and orchestra, something that is clear in this superb performance, which has quickly replaced my other accounts as favourite… The playing throughout is very good, with Annelien Van Wauwe proving herself a formidable clarinettist, especially in the Manfred Trojahn work, although it is in the French pieces that she really shines. The Orchestre National de Lille and Alexandre Bloch are in perfect partnership with the soloist, making this a most interesting and enjoyable disc. The recorded sound is clear and bright and the booklet notes give a good introduction to each of the composers and their music. A very welcome disc of music for clarinet and orchestra.
Stuart Sillitoe, Music Web International, August 2019
Annelien Van Wauwe is already a consummate artist and this well-planned disc gives us an excellent view of her technical skill, her musicianship and her lovely tone, even in the altissimo register.
Roger Nichols, BBC Music Magazine, November 2019
Annelien van Wauwe gives an atmospheric performance.
James Jolly, The Listening Room/Gramophone blog, 19 August 2019
Seductive sounds of a golden era … A CD that is full of charm.
Ivan Hewett, Daily Telegraph,17 August 2019
Gorgeous clarinet sound; rich orchestral playing … a fine recording as well.
Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3 Record Review, 14 August 2019