Symphony No.2 in D major Opus 73 Johannes Brahms
Two masterpieces for the clarinet, effortlessly played by a young British artist.
The brilliant Julian Bliss continues to demonstrate his considerable talent by tackling the two greatest works in the repertoire for his instrument - Mozart's evergreen Clarinet Concerto and the concerto by Carl Nielsen. He also presents his own clarinet arrangements of two Mozart arias, 'Der Liebe himmlisches Gefühl' and 'Non che non sei capace'.
All the works collected here showcase the attractive qualities of Bliss's playing, rich and fruity in the showier passages, effortless in the demanding runs made by Nielsen in particular and, at the sublime moments, appropriately mellifluous and sonorous.
A youthful addition to the many excellent versions of the Mozart already available, and a fine introduction to the Nielsen for those who are not familiar with it.