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Berliner Philharmoniker – The 2017 European Concert from Cyprus with Mariss Jansons and Andreas Ottensamer 2017 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

Since its premiere in 1991, the direction of the annual European Concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker on 1 May has mostly been in the hands of chief conductors Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle. Mariss Jansons, who has had close ties to the orchestra for over 40 years, is one of the small number of guests who have been invited to conduct the concert. Jansons has already conducted one European Concert – in Istanbul in 2001, and now, in the Cypriot port city of Pafos, he conducts a programme of works by Carl Maria von Weber and Antonín Dvořák.

The programme for Pafos includes the overture to the opera Oberon by Weber, plus his First Clarinet Concerto, with Andreas Ottensamer, the young Austrian principal clarinet of the Berliner Philharmoniker, as the soloist. Like Mozart before and Brahms after, Weber’s work for this instrument was also inspired by a major virtuoso of his time: Joseph Heinrich Bärmann, a member of the Munich court orchestra who developed previously unknown playing techniques for the clarinet and advised Weber closely on the writing of the composition. In the concerto, two virtuoso outer movements frame a melancholy Adagio containing an irresistible, chamber music dialogue between the solo instrument and a horn trio.

From its very first performance, Antonín Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony was a huge success. The composition, which never comes across as tragic even in its solemn passages, is full of the spirit of nature, with the principles of movement construction loosened in favour of a more narrative style. The finale, a set of variations based on a simple triadic theme, including in the form of an elegiac cello cantilena, opens with a fanfare on the trumpets and closes with an effective flourish on the same instrument. Any associations with the military are however misguided, as the conductor Rafael Kubelik once explained: “In Bohemia, the trumpets never call to battle—they always call to the dance!”

This open air performance offers impressive views of the harbour-side castle in Pafos, built by the Byzantines and restored after being destroyed by the Ottomans. A member of the EU since 2004, the island Republic of Cyprus is known to classical music fans as the setting for Verdi’s Shakespeare opera Otello, and just off the coast of Pafos according to myth, is the location where Aphrodite, just risen from the sea, stepped onto the mainland. A better patron than the goddess of beauty and love for a concert dedicated to European understanding would be hard to imagine.

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Andreas Ottensamer – Blue Hour: Weber, Brahms, Mendelssohn (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Andreas Ottensamer – Blue Hour: Weber, Brahms, Mendelssohn (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:01:44 minutes | 0,98 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Front cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Austrian clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer has joined forces with Chinese pianist Yuja Wang to record an album of works by composers of the Romantic era. Blue Hour, set for release on March 8 by Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, features some of the jewels of the repertoire including Brahms’s Intermezzo in A major, Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words – arranged for clarinet and piano by Ottensamer – and Weber’s virtuosic Grand Duo concertant. The album reveals Ottensamer to be not just a sensitive and responsive chamber partner, but also a brilliant soloist, as he gives a dazzling performance of Weber’s First Clarinet Concerto, recorded with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Mariss Jansons.

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Andreas Ottensamer: a portrait 1970 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

“The character of the clarinet is imbued with a kind of loftiness tempering a noble tenderness, rendering it favourable for the expression of sentiments and ideas the most poetic. The clarinet is little appropriate to the Idyll; it is an epic instrument, Its voice is that of heroic love.” (Hector Berlioz: A Treatise upon Modern Instrumentation and Orchestration)

The young Austrian Andreas Ottensamer comes from a musical family. After a few years with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, he took over the position of principal clarinet with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2011. Ottensamer, who won competitions both as a pianist and as a cellist, performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician, and has also released several recordings on Deutsche Grammophon. In this video, he explains the characteristics of his instrument which was made specifically for him in Vienna, the differences between Austrian and French clarinets, and talks about the specific challenge of fading notes and making them appear as if from nowhere. Short excerpts are shown of Ottensamer playing solo passages in orchestral works as well as the musician as a keen tennis player.

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Anne Gastinel, Nicholas Angelich, Gil Ottensamer, Andreas Ottensamer, Paavo Jarvi, Frankfurt Radio Symphony – Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Op. 56 & Trio, Op. 11 (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Anne Gastinel, Nicholas Angelich, Gil Ottensamer, Andreas Ottensamer, Paavo Järvi, Frankfurt Radio Symphony – Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Op. 56 & Trio, Op. 11 (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz  | Time – 55:03 minutes | 552 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © naïve classique

The Triple Concerto is recorded here in concert, which is sure to guarantee a bit of spontaneity for a work of great symphonic dimensions – 35 minutes long – which owes as much to chamber music as to concert symphonies. There is still the question of whether it’s better to call in an established trio for the triple soloist part: Anne Gastinel, Gil Shaham and Nicholas Angelich didn’t know each other musically beforehand, and they opted, here again, for spontaneity and stepping out of the routine: which pays off brilliantly, as the orchestra is directed by Paavo Järvi, who can tailor the performances so well. His judicious eye is indispensable to this rather dense work, which tends to move in circles in terms of tonalities. The album closes with the Gassenhauer trio for clarinet (with Andreas Ottensamer), cello and piano (with the same soloists as for the Concerto), recorded in studio. The title Gassenhauer was chosen after the fact, in view of the different themes in the third movement, which came from an opera which was a smash hit in Vienna – and the Viennese slang of the day, a “hit” is called a “Gassenhauer”.

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Stamitz, Danzi, Mozart – New Era – Andreas Ottensamer, Kammerakademie Potsdam (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Stamitz, Danzi, Mozart – New Era – Andreas Ottensamer, Kammerakademie Potsdam (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:11:54 minutes | 1,32 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front cover | © Decca
Recorded: 30 September – 2 October 2016, Teldex Studio, Berlin

Ottensamer presents a dazzling selection of the clarinet’s early repertoire from 18th Century Mannheim, with works by J. and C.P. Stamitz, Mozart and Danzi, together with the Kammerakademie Potsdam.
Featuring duets with Albrecht Mayer and Emmanuel Pahud – two of the great wind soloists of our time and Ottensamer’s friends and colleagues at the Berliner Philharmoniker. It promises to be the chamber recording of the year.
The “Mannheim school” was a melting pot of “revolutionary experimentation” – musicians from all over Europe coming together to develop a new explosive and colourful sound – forming the orchestra as we know it today.
The Mannheim Orchestra was also the first to adopt the recently developed clarinet into the orchestra, and here Mozart heard the instrument for the first time.
“It’s fascinating to think that Mannheim inspired so many composers and musicians, and it was the players themselves who made it happen – it gave them the chance to do their own thing. Every aspect of composition, playing, teaching and conducting was concentrated there, and audiences went wild, blown away by the kind of rock-star ensemble that they heard.” Andreas Ottensamer
Ottensamer’s debut album on Decca Classics – the first clarinettist to sign exclusively to the label in its 89 year history.

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Andreas Ottensamer – Brahms: The Hungarian Connection (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Andreas Ottensamer – Brahms: The Hungarian Connection (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:01:48 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: | @ Deutsche Grammophon /  Mercury Classics
Recorded: October 2014, Nikodemus-kirche, Berlin, Germany

Andreas Ottensamer, himself half-Hungarian, naturally recognizes Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet as “genuinely one of the monuments of the entire clarinet repertoire, a piece that every clarinettist dreams of playing”. The album includes Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet, one of the most seminal works for the instrument – combined with Hungarian dances and waltzes by Brahms, all newly arranged to include additional material from Brahms’ original musical sources, with an authentic folk twist. Brahms is seen as one of the most serious composers of the German school – this bold venture reveals how closely connected his music actually is to the vibrant folk music inspired Hungarian music world.

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