Busch: Chamber Music, Volume 1
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Adolf Busch: Chamber Music, Volume One

Clarinet and Strings

Catalogue Number: TOCC0085
EAN: 5060113440853
Release Date: 30 September 2013
Duration: 75:23

Hausmusik: Duet No. 1, Op. 26a
Suite in F major, Op. 62a
Seven Bagatelles, Op. 53a
Serenade in A major, Op. 53b
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 53c
Romanze, Op. 53d
Humoreske in A major, BoO 15

Bettina Beigelbeck, clarinet
Busch Kollegium Karlsruhe

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 CD of his lyrical writing for clarinet, the first 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.

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Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
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1-3 Hausmusik: Duet No. 1, Op. 26a for violin and clarinet (1921)

Adolf Busch, composer
Bettina Beigelbeck, clarinet
Yasushi Ideue, violin

(first recording)
9:02
1 I Introduzione: Vivace, ma non troppo 0:47 play
2 II Tema con variazioni: Tempo di Menuetto 4:18 play
3 III Rondo: Allegretto 3:57 play
4-8 Suite in F major, Op. 62a for clarinet, violin, viola and cello (1944)

Adolf Busch, composer
Bettina Beigelbeck, clarinet
Yasushi Ideue, violin
Wolfgang Wahl, viola
Gabriela Bradley, cello

(first recording)
20:23
4 I Praeludium: Molto adagio 3:07 play
5 II Fuge 6:26 play
6 III Andante tranquillo ma sempre un poco grazioso 2:25 play
7 IV Scherzo: Vivace assai 4:03 play
8 V Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo 4:22 play
9-15 Seven Bagatelles, Op. 53a for clarinet, viola and cello (1936)

Adolf Busch, composer
Bettina Beigelbeck, clarinet
Wolfgang Wahl, viola
Paula Valpola, cello
12:58
9 No. 1 Adagio espressivo 1:36 play
10 No. 2 Allegretto comodo e un poco scherzando 1:10 play
11 No. 3 Vivace assai 1:42 play
12 No. 4 Tranquillo 2:29 play
13 No. 5 Molto adagio 1:34 play
14 No. 6 Moderato, ma con spirito e scherzando 1:25 play
15 No. 7 Grazioso e capriccioso, ma non troppo presto 3:02 play
16-19 Serenade in A major, Op. 53b for clarinet, violin and viola (1936?)

Adolf Busch, composer
Bettina Beigelbeck, clarinet
Aureli Blaszczok, violin
Wolfgang Wahl, viola

(first recording)
18:30
16 I Allegro con spirito (ma non troppo presto) 4:51 play
17 II Larghetto 3:38 play
18 III Intermezzo: Andante sostenuto 1:32 play
19 IV Allegretto amabile e grazioso 8:29 play
20 Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 53c for clarinet and string quartet (1942)

Adolf Busch, composer
Bettina Beigelbeck, clarinet
Yasushi Ideue, violin
Ayu Ideue, violin
Wolfgang Wahl, viola
Gabriela Bradley, cello
3:39 play
21 Romanze, Op. 53d for clarinet, two violas and two cellos (1943)

Adolf Busch, composer
Bettina Beigelbeck, clarinet
Wolfgang Wahl, viola
Dorothea Funk, viola
Gabriela Bradley, cello
Paula Valpola, cello

(first recording)
5:47 play
22 Humoreske in A major, BoO 15 for clarinet, trumpet, viola and double-bass (1907)

Adolf Busch, composer
Bettina Beigelbeck, clarinet
Wolfgang Wahl, viola
Karl Jackl, double-bass
Roland Kopp, trumpet

(first recording)
5:04 play

Artists

Adolf Busch

Adolf Busch, composer

Bettina Beigelbeck

Bettina Beigelbeck, clarinet

Yasushi Ideue

Yasushi Ideue, violin

Aureli Blaszczok

Aureli Blaszczok, violin

Ayu Ideue

Ayu Ideue, violin

Wolfgang Wahl

Wolfgang Wahl, viola

Dorothea Funk

Dorothea Funk, viola

Gabriela Bradley

Gabriela Bradley, cello

Paula Valpola

Paula Valpola, cello

Karl Jackl

Karl Jackl, double-bass

Roland Kopp

Roland Kopp, trumpet

Reviews

...Busch remained true to Richard Strauss and Max Reger as models for melodic and harmonic inspiration, and to Mozart for compositional forms, with perhaps just a hint of Korngold peeking in for good measure. That said, there is a distinctive voice, and a very enjoyable one at that; if not truly memorable, the melodic lines always have great fluidity and grace and fall easily upon the ear, yet are always substantial enough to avoid the trite and ephemeral. Both the influence of Reger, and Busch’s profound dedication to Bach, are apparent in the composer’s use of counterpoint and fugue (cf. the first movement of the Hausmusik and the second of the Suite).

...The performances here are exemplary. Clarinetist Bettina Beigelbeck has a particularly lovely tone, rich and silky, without even a hint of squawkiness in the upper register, and a seamless legato. The various string players here who are collectively labeled the “Busch Kollegium Karlsruhe” for this enterprise are fully worthy partners in their various supporting roles, with nary a wiry or scratchy-sounding bow stroke between them.

...enthusiastically recommended.

James A. Altena Fanfare March 2014

The works for clarinet and strings are what I called a subset of his output and so it proves here, though Toccata’s programme ranges just a bit wider and includes no fewer than five world premiere recordings.

...The performances are hard-working and assiduous.

Jonathan Woolf MusicWeb International 13th November 2013

Adolf Busch (1891-1952) was a violinist first and foremost, best remembered now as the founder and leader of what was probably the greatest string quartet of the 20th century.

...These chamber works with clarinet, date from different periods in his composing life. ...The style is broadly late-romantic, Brahmsian, with occasional hints of Hindemith-like neoclassicism.

Andrew Clements The Guardian 24th October 2013

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