Andreas Ottensamer: Portraits-the Clarinet Album
Beach: Berceuse, Op. 40 No. 2 from Three Compositions for violin and piano op. 40, arr. for clarinet and orchestra by Stephan Koncz Cimarosa: Clarinet Concerto in C minor freely arranged by Arthur Benjamin Copland: Clarinet Concerto Debussy: Préludes - Book 1: No. 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin from Préludes, Book 1, arr. for clarinet and orchestra by Stephan Koncz Gershwin: Prelude No. 1 from Three Preludes for piano solo, arr. for clarinet and orchestra by Stephan Koncz Spohr: Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 26
Portraits – The Clarinet Album features concertos by Copland, Spohr and Cimarosa, plus arrangements of short pieces. Andreas Ottensamer is accompanied on the recording by the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, a rising star in the Deutsche Grammophon firmament. Portraits – The Clarinet Album takes us from the early-Romantic intensity of Spohr to the jazz inflections of Copland, and from the operatic gestures of Cimarosa to the poised serenity of Debussy. It includes a prelude by Gershwin, Debussy’s evocative La Fille aux cheveux de lin, and a Berceuse by Amy Beach, the first great female American composer. In 2009 Ottensamer interrupted his liberal arts studies at Harvard University to become a scholar of the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker. He is now principal clarinettist of the orchestra and is also a part-time model.