The Clarinet Quartet, also known as Quartet for Clarinet and String Trio,is a work for clarinet, violin, viola, and cello by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. It was finished in 1993.
This composition was dedicated to Ake Holmquist and premiered in Lübeck on August 13, 1993.For this performance, Israeli clarinetist Sharon Kam, German violinist Christoph Poppen, American violist Kim Kashkashian, and collaborator and Russian cellist Boris Piergamienszczikow played the work under the baton of Penderecki himself. These musicians also performed the piece to be broadcast in television, also with Penderecki as conductor. It was later published by Schott Music.
Harry Kinross-White also wrote an arrangement of this composition for saxophone quartet in 1999. The first performance of this arrangement took place in the Dresden Days of Contemporary Music in 1999 by Raschèr Saxophone Quartet.
The Clarinet Quartet takes approximately 15 minutes to perform and is in four movements. The movement list is as follows:
This composition received universal acclaim, both in the first performance and in recordings. In the premiere, the composition was played twice due to audience demand.According to Lutz Lesle, the composition was inspired by Schubert's String Quintet.
Following are some of the most well-known recordings of this piece:
|Clarinet||Violin||Viola||Cello||Record Company||Year of Recording||Format|
|Sharon Kam||Christoph Poppen||Kim Kashkashian||Boris Piergamienszczikow||Sony||1993||CD and DVD|
|Martin Fröst||Patrick Swedrup||Ingegerd Kierkegaard||Helena Nilsson||BIS Records||1994||CD|
|Ulf Rodenhäuser||Ida Bieler||Enrique Santiago||Martin Ostertag||Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm||1997||CD|
|Donald Montanaro||Luis Biava||Sidney Curtiss||William Stokking||Boston Records||1996||CD|
|Michel Lethiec||Régis Pasquier||Bruno Pasquier||Arto Noras||Naxos||2001||CD|
The saxophone quartet version has also been recorded by Raschèr Saxophone Quartet and released by BIS Records in 2001.
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