Virtuoso showpiece

“Opus Klassik” 2020 awarded to the first recording of Manfred Trojahn’s “Rhapsodie pour clarinette et orchestre”

Manfred Trojahn‘s “Rhapsodie pour clarinette et orchestre”, with its reverence for Claude Debussy, is considered by clarinet players to be an equally subtle and virtuosic showpiece. Originally written for Sabine Meyer and first performed by her in May 2002 in Weimar, Trojahn’s Rhapsody has also inspired Sharon Kam and Annelien Van Wauwe to performances of brilliance in terms of playing technique and interpretation.

This piece was recently recorded for the first time for the Pentatone label by Belgian soloist Annelien Van Wauwe and the Orchestre National de Lille under the direction of Alexandre Bloch. Van Wauwe received the coveted OPUS Klassik award in the category up-and-coming artist (clarinet) for her album “Belle Éoque”. This CD also includes Debussy‘s “Première Rhapsodie” which opens up fascinating possibilities for comparison.

Manfred Trojahn
Rhapsodie pour clarinette et orchestre (world premiere recording)
Annelien Van Wauwe (clarinet), Orchestre National de Lille, Alexandre Bloch

The Bärenreiter edition: BA7733-72

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