JEAN FRANÇAIX (1912-1997): Clarinet Concerto (Cincinnati Philharmonia Orchestra; Christoph-Mathias Mueller), Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Tema con variazioni for Clarinet and Piano. Dimitri Ashkenazy (clarinet), Ada Meinich (viola), Bernd Glemser (piano), Yvonne Lang (piano - Tema).
Catalogue Number: 02S068
Label: Paladino Music
Reference: pmr 0074
Description: The concerto and variation recordings are reissues of 1990s vintage but the late (1992) and rarely heard trio is the reason we offer this title: it’s in five movements (22 min.) and, while three of them are as bright and sparkly as you’d expect, the tonally-unstable Prélude and the sad, almost depressive Largo take you to places you don’t normally associate with Françaix.