Meyer, Paul; Portal, Michel; Wallonie Royal Chamber Orchestra
A legendary clarinetist equally experienced in classical music, jazz and film music, Michel Portal meets Paul Meyer, another outstanding ambassador of the clarinet in the world and a long-time friend. Side by side and accompanied by the Orchestre de Chambre de Wallonie, they offer a programme that reveals their musical rapport for the first time on album, whether the repertory is Baroque, gallant, or Romantic. So, alongside Telemann’s Concerto in D minor for two chalumeaux and strings, we have Carl Stamitz’s Concerto no. 4 for two clarinets, while Mendelssohn’s Konzertstucke nos. 1 & 2 are juxtaposed with duos by Telemann and CPE Bach. Each work constitutes a calm dialogue in which words are replaced by notes, a touching testimony to two exceptional careers.