A legendary clarinettist equally experienced in classical music, jazz and film music, Michel Portal meets Paul Meyer, another outstanding ambassador of the clarinet in the world and a long-time friend. Side by side and accompanied by the Orchestre de Chambre de Wallonie, they offer a programme that reveals their musical rapport for the first time on disc, whether the repertory is Baroque, galant or Romantic. So, alongside Telemann’s Concerto in D minor for two chalumeaux and strings, we have Carl Stamitz’s Concerto no.4 for two clarinets, while Mendelssohn’s Konzertstücke nos. 1 & 2 are juxtaposed with duos by Telemann and C. P. E. Bach. Each work constitutes a calm dialogue in which words are replaced by notes, a touching testimony to two exceptional careers.
BBC Music Magazine November 2020
This intriguing disc presents two celebrated clarinettists...They are at their best in the double concerto by Mozart’s talented contemporary Carl Stamitz, exchanging flights of virtuosity and elegant lyrical phrases with a sense of joyful partnership. ****