Aureole etc.

Golden Age singers

Nimbus on-line

Faure songs
Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano);

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett

Some items
to consider

new MWI
Current reviews

old MWI
pre-2023 reviews

paid for

Acte Prealable Polish recordings

Forgotten Recordings
Forgotten Recordings
All Forgotten Records Reviews

Troubadisc Weinberg- TROCD01450

All Troubadisc reviews

FOGHORN Classics

Brahms String Quartets

All Foghorn Reviews

All HDTT reviews

Songs to Harp from
the Old and New World

all Nimbus reviews

all tudor reviews

Follow us on Twitter

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Contributing Editor
Ralph Moore
   David Barker
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger


Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical
All Naxos reviews

Chandos recordings
All Chandos reviews

Hyperion recordings
All Hyperion reviews

Foghorn recordings
All Foghorn reviews

Troubadisc recordings
All Troubadisc reviews

all cpo reviews

Divine Art recordings
Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10
All Divine Art reviews

All APR reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews


Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount



CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS
Sound Samples & Downloads

Jean Xavier LEFEVRE (1763-1829)
Clarinet Quartet V in E flat [15:45]
Clarinet Quartet VI in B flat [16:30]
Clarinet Sonata in B flat, op.12 no.1 (c.1805) [9:20]
Clarinet Sonata in E flat, op.12 no.2 (c.1805) [10:08]
Clarinet Sonata in B flat, op.12 no.3 (c.1805) [8:40]
Eduard Brunner (clarinet)
Ana Chumachenco (violin); Hariolf Schlichtig (viola); Wen-Sinn Yang (cello); Adrian Oetiker (piano)
rec. Musikhochschule, Munich, March-June 2005 (Quartets), January 2007 (Sonatas). DDD
TUDOR 7150 [61:05]

Experience Classicsonline

As the fine essay in the CD booklet explains, Lefèvre was a very conservative composer; in some respects he was less a composer than a clarinettist and pedagogue who wrote music to elaborate his teachings. In fact, he retired from composing well before he turned fifty, already having said what he wanted to say, with a body of works that included seven clarinet concertos, 21 clarinet sonatas, and over 150 clarinet duos, mostly for two clarinets.
Lefèvre's innovations lay in technique, rather than music. It would be wrong, therefore, to come to this disc expecting to hear the fireworks associated with Weber, for example. What you get instead are a series of expressive, graceful, beautifully crafted miniatures - most of the individual movements are only two or three minutes long, with the rondo finale of the op. 12 no.1 Sonata lasting a little over a minute. There is elegance, wistfulness, restraint and humour in abundance, all in accordance with the principles Lefèvre expounded in his widely published and far-reaching method.
The Clarinet Quartets are the more substantial works. Lefèvre wrote them for clarinet, violin, viola and, rather quaintly, basso - here supplied by Wen-Sinn Yang's able cello. They are reminiscent of those of Krommer and Crusell, and - allowing for the change of instrument - the flute quartets of Hoffmeister, all of whom are approximate contemporaries - Crusell was in fact a pupil of Lefèvre's, such was the latter's reputation.
The op. 12 works were published as Three Grand Sonatas around 1805, and were composed for clarinet and, again, continuo, played and partly improvised here on the piano by Adrian Oetiker.
A hugely experienced, multinational cast of musicians has been assembled for this disc, and it is difficult to fault any of their playing, either individually or as an ensemble. The recording is very good, although the clarinet keys do clatter a bit at times, and Brunner does take quite extravagant breaths in places; both noises are particularly noticeable in the sonatas.
Tudor have previously released Lefèvre's four other extant clarinet quartets - reviewed here - , as well as three of the seven clarinet concertos (Tudor 7098). Together with this disc they give a fine overview of an interesting musician.












































Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews


      Composer surveys
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site


Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure



Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Pat and present

Helpers invited!

How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips

Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Other links
Web News sites etc

A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools

Untitled Document

Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.