HENRI MARTEAU (1874-1934): Serenade for Wind Nonet, Op. 20, Clarinet Quintet in C Minor, Op. 13, ALEXANDER ZEMLINSKY (1871-1942): Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in D Minor, Op. 3.
Catalogue Number: 02S057
Label: Navona Records
Description: For a sketch of the little-recorded Marteau’s biography, see our blurb of more of his chamber music in last August’s catalogue (08S031). We’ve offered the 1908 quintet before, a work inspired by Brahms’ clarinet quintet and its dedicatee Richard Mühlfeld but plainly the work of a young man, vibrant and filled with Romantic joie de vivre, but the smaller, four-movement wind serenade is probably a first recording. Dating from 1922, it’s a tribute to the wind Divertimenti and cassations of the Classical period and harkens back to the young Richard Strauss’ 1881 Serenade (or ahead to his 1943 wind sonatinas for that matter): 15 minutes of pure fun. Mark Lieb (clarinet), Phoenix Ensemble.