Weber Symphonies & Concertos


Weber Symphonies & Concertos

Joan Enric Lluna, clarinet & conductor


Olga Pak, concertmaster

In the first of his two great concertos for clarinet, Weber’s operatic style is evident from the dramatic start in the form of a tragic aria. The delightful final rondo, in the style of an opera buffa cavatina, is preceded by a slow movement that is a clear reminder that Weber was a relative by marriage of Mozart. Not only was Constanze Weber’s famous husband (already enjoying legendary status) the role model for Weber’s father when he set out to make his son a prodigy, but Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto K.622 formed the foundation for much of 19th-century composition for the instrument. The second of his clarinet concertos, in E flat major, is a marked contrast to the first; the more symphonic wind of the first movement is structured in a much more classical style, while still demonstrating the coloraturas and virtuosic leaps and runs of the soloist. Weber composed his only two symphonies at the age of twenty, between 1806 and 1807, while he was at the Court of Karlsruhe in the service of the Duke Eugen of Württemberg-Öls. This short interlude in his life was one that he would later remember as one of the happiest of his career and the only one in which he was not at the front of a stage. In terms of functional purpose, it is natural that Weber did not follow the path of Romanticism in seeking to make symphonies into vehicles of metaphysical messages, or statements of cosmic truths.

Carl Maria von Weber: Symphony N.1, III.Scherzo

Joan Enric Lluna, one of Spain’s leading musicians, combines his work as a clarinettist with orchestral conducting and teaching. Joan made his début as a conductor with several orchestras in Spain and the UK with great acclaim,and has performed as a conductor-soloist with orchestras as the Manchester Camerata, Luzerne Festival Strings, Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta de Valencia, ADDA simfònica, etc. Joan conducted 2 concerts celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Cadaqués Orchestra at the Palau de la Música in Barcelona with great succes. He has commitments as a conductor and soloist-conductor for the next two seasons along European orchestras. In April 2019 Joan made his début as a conductor- soliost with the Berliner Camerata in the Berlin Philharmonic Kammermusiksaal and the Karl Philip Emmanuel Bach in Frankfurt (oder). His commitment to Chamber Music has taken him to perform regularly with string quartets such as the Alexander, Tokyo, Brodsky, or Jerusalem; to share trio with Tasmin Little and Martin Roscoe or Lluís Claret and Josep María Colom among others, and collaborate with first class international artists. His appearances at the City of London Festival, Festival Classique in The Hague, San Francisco Chamber Music series, Berlin’s Konzerthaus or the Liceo de Cámara in Madrid have been of special notice. Joan has premiered and commissioned a number of chamber works by composers like César Cano, J. Torres, I. Zebeljan’s , P. Barker, D. del Puerto and H. Khoury among others.
The Berliner Camerata succeed in doing what not many free orchestra create: Without public subsidies to achieve a high artistic level and set new accents every year. Meanwhile, the Berliner Camerata is on elf the most popular orchestras of the capital. Since its foundation in 2008, the Berlin Camerata represents high-quality classical music for sophisticated connoisseurs. This young, internationally staffed orchestra is directed by the exceptional violinist Olga Pak. Several factors are decisive for the choice of the orchestra members: Besides their musical excellence, the joy in playing music and their ability to work in a team are highly valued characterics. The self-conception of the Camerata is that of a union shaped by the different contributions of its musicians. The orchestra aims at giving each of its members the possibility to influence the artistic process at anytime - be it in a programmatic way by suggesting new compositions for the repertory or by taking over a solo part. This way of working allows for individual progress in mutual artistic inspiration. It is what distinguishes the Berlin Camerata from many other orchestras. The orchestra’s repertory comprises popular classical pieces as well as modern compositions. It seeks to pass on its enthusiams for classical music to both, adepts and novices to the classical world. The Berlin Camerata debuted with its program »Vivaldi meets Piazzolla« in front of an enthralled audience in the big hall of the Oslo Konserthus in 2008. It was the beginning of a successful tour around some of the most beautiful concert halls, cathedrals and churches all over Europe.

14,95 €

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