‘Gervase de Peyer is one of the greatest instrumentalist alive’ announced Fanfare magazine.
One of the foremost clarinettists of the 20th century, London-born Gervase de Peyer was chosen soloist for a host of conductors and made many award-winning recordings for Decca, L’Oiseau-Lyre and EMI among others. His Concerto recordings have won the Grand Prix du Disque, Charles Gros and the Plaque of Honour of the Academy of Arts and Sciences of America. His solo performances in recitals and in Chamber Music have been awarded many honours and remain highly recommended. In 1950, he was a founding member of the Melos Ensemble of London.
This recital of works for clarinet and piano of mostly 20th Century repertoire but including Weber’s virtuosic ‘Grand Duo Concertant’ from 1816, was highly regarded when first issued and receives here, its first release on CD.
CARL MARIA VON WEBER
Grand Duo Concertant
Andantino for Clarinet and Piano
Petite Pièce for Clarinet and Piano
Two Majorcan Pieces
Le tombeau de Ravel (Valses Caprices)
Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano, H.356 (1926)
Gervase de Peyer, clarinet
Cyril Preedy, piano
FIRST RELEASE ON CD
Recordings: London, 1960
‘The brilliance and attack of both players to the Weber is such that you woud hardly think two such athletic performers could quickly assume a poetic disguise. But, stressing the hundred-year gulf, they do so, and it serves to illuminate some music of very great charm … The recording offers an excellent balance between the two instruments; a slight shift away from the traditional stress on the clarinet in this particular combination is all to the good as far as the blend, a difficult one, is concerned.’ Gramophone
‘His phrasing is like that of a human singer, but with a power, agility and range beyond any singer’s capability; technique that treats the music as though it were happening spontaneously for the first time; an acute awareness of overall form and a tone like a voice coming down from Heaven – voices, actually, because the clarinet has more than one.’ The Washington Post