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Richard A. Kaplan
Fanfare, May 2017

Hindemith’s Clarinet Concerto was written in 1947 for Benny Goodman, …The Belgian clarinetist Eddy Vanoosthuyse, principal clarinet in the Brussels Philharmonic, makes the best of it…

Jan Van der Roost’s (b. 1956) Clarinet Concerto is a 27-minute work in two movements, …The clarinet writing is quite difficult, and Vanoosthuyse pulls it off effectively if not effortlessly.

The Van der Roost is a premiere recording by its dedicatee, and must be recommended as such to those interested in a new clarinet concerto. The Strauss is charmingly enough played. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Patrick Hanudel
American Record Guide, May 2017

The performances are professional and compelling. Vanoosthuyse plays with superb clarity, creamy legato, excellent technique, and elegant phrasing; and Rosales and CASO handle each score with ease, skill, and authority. The sound engineering is first-rate as well; the balance between soloist and ensemble is perfect, and each hue and color on stage is clean and vibrant. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Records International, January 2017

Van der Roost’s neo-romantic concerto consists of two contrasting movements. The first, doloroso e contemplativo, explores the clarinet’s melodic, sensual side. After a mysterious introduction, a lush, romantic orchestral tutti introduces sultry, languid melodies and opulent orchestral textures, music suitable for the depiction of some exotic fantasy from the 1001 nights (although the subtly Eastern-tinged music has no explicit programme). The second movement is virtuosic and vigorous, rhythmically propulsive and full of humor. The solo part is acrobatic and vivacious, with occasional detours into soulful sentimentality, while the orchestra is clearly in on the joke, with mock-pompous solemnity alternating with Bernsteinesque bravura and colloquial dynamism, and a few apparently conscious Gershwin references. © 2017 Records International



David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2017

Born in Belgium in 1956, and best known in the field of wind band music, the Clarinet Concerto by Jan Van der Roost is receiving its world premiere recording. Having originally worked in his homeland, he now spends much of his time in Japan where he has developed a conducting career. Expressed in a modern tonality, and in two extended movements, the concerto soon registers it’s intention to offer the soloist a score that requires a formidable technique, though it stops short of becoming a popular virtuoso showpiece. In two extended movements, the sombre and brooding nature of the first movement moves to a fast and happy “bravura” final section that requires exceedingly nimble solo fingers. A hint of a harmonic language derived from Hollywood films, hastens headlong towards its whimsical quiet conclusion. It is coupled with Paul Hindemith’s Clarinet Concerto, a score that formed part of his four concertos for wind instruments, this one commissioned by the famous jazz musician, Benny Goodman. A severe opening movement that never smiles does seem a strange offering for a clarinettist from the world of jazz, the more energetic rhythms of the finale making amends. As the disc’s ‘encore’ the suave sounds of Richard Strauss’s Romance is a score very much in contrast to Hindemith. The soloist is Eddy Vanoosthuyse, one of Belgium’s foremost clarinet exponents and currently the principal of the Brussels Philharmonic. Technically brilliant, it is a delight to hear his smooth tonal quality. From the Japanese region of Aichi, the modest sized orchestra is admirable, though the engineers at times coagulate their sound in the Hindemith. © 2017 David’s Review Corner





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