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Album of the Week

Classical WETA 90.9 FM showcases notable new (or newly reissued) albums each week. Hear selections from the album on-air throughout the week, and check online to learn more about the artist and the music. Our friends at ArkivMusic join in by putting that recording on sale for the entire week and contributing a portion of each sale to WETA.

November 18, 2019

Blue Hour | Andreas Ottensamer, Yuja Wang, Berlin Philharmonic, Mariss Jansons

Blue Hour | Andreas Ottensamer, Yuja Wang

DG 002959302

Two of today’s most dynamic classical musicians pair up in this album inspired by Romantic-era song. Andreas Ottensamer is the principal clarinetist of the Berlin Philharmonic, but he also has a full schedule of chamber music performances throughout Europe this season. His expressive playing combines nicely with Yuja Wang’s sensitive piano accompaniment in the song-inspired works by Mendelssohn and Brahms, most of them in arrangements by Ottensamer. 

The major works on the recording are by Weber: his Clarinet Concerto #1 with the Berlin Philharmonic and Mariss Jansons; and the Grand Duo Concertante, which allows clarinetist and pianist to show off their considerable virtuosity.