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Label: PentaTone

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

Artist: Annelien Van Wauwe, Orchestre National de Lille & Alexandre Bloch

Composer: Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

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  • Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918):
  • 1Première rhapsodie, L. 116 (Version for Clarinet & Orchestra)07:41
  • Manfred Trojahn (b. 1949): Rhapsodie pour clarinette et orchestre:
  • 2Rhapsodie pour clarinette et orchestre: I. Rêverie08:40
  • 3Rhapsodie pour clarinette et orchestre: II. Intermède avec valse à la musette04:48
  • 4Rhapsodie pour clarinette et orchestre: III. Caprice04:35
  • Gabriel Pierné (1863 - 1937):
  • 5Canzonetta in E-Flat Major, Op. 19 (Arr. J. Tassyns for Clarinet & Orchestra)03:43
  • Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897): Clarinet Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1 (Arr. L. Berio for Clarinet & Orchestra):
  • 6Clarinet Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1 (Arr. L. Berio for Clarinet & Orchestra): I. Allegro appassionato08:00
  • 7Clarinet Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1 (Arr. L. Berio for Clarinet & Orchestra): II. Andante un poco adagio05:21
  • 8Clarinet Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1 (Arr. L. Berio for Clarinet & Orchestra): III. Allegretto grazioso04:05
  • 9Clarinet Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1 (Arr. L. Berio for Clarinet & Orchestra): IV. Vivace05:13
  • Charles-Marie Widor (1844 - 1937):
  • 10Introduction et rondo, Op. 72 (Arr. J. Tassyns for Clarinet & Orchestra)07:37
  • Total Runtime59:43

Info for Belle époque

Belgian clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe revives the golden glow of a bygone age on her PENTATONE debut album Belle époque, together with the Orchestre National de Lille and its music director Alexandre Bloch. The programme is built around treasures of French turn-of-the-century music such as Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie, Pierné’s Canzonetta and Widor’s Introduction et Rondo (the latter two in arrangements by Jelle Tassyns). Belle époque also offers works that display a spiritual kinship to the age, such as Brahms’s first clarinet sonata, arranged by Luciano Berio, and a world-premiere recording of Paris-based contemporary composer Manfred Trojahn (Rhapsodie pour clarinette et orchestre).

Annelien van Wauwe is a former BBC New Generation Artist and winner of the renowned Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award 2018. She kickstarts an exclusive collaboration with PENTATONE with this first solo album. The Orchestre National de Lille and Alexandre Bloch release their second PENTATONE album, after their 2018 recording of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles, crowned with a Diapason d’or.

Annelien Van Wauwe, clarinet
Orchestre National de Lille
Alexandre Bloch, conductor

Annelien Van Wauwe
The Belgian clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe, former BBC New Generation Artist and winner of the renowned Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award 2018, is known for her expressive, intensive, lyrical and honest performances. She is considered to be one of the most fascinating and original clarinettists of her generation.

The Dutch record company Pentatone signed a long-term partnership with Annelien in 2018. Her remarkable debut CD “belle époque” with the Orchestre National de Lille under Alexandre Bloch was released in 2019.

Annelien Van Wauwe has won numerous international competitions. Her joint first prize award at the 61st International Music Competition of the ARD in Munich in 2012 was a decisive step towards international recognition. Since then, Annelien has performed with many leading orchestras including the Symphony Orchestra of the Bayerische Rundfunk, the Deutsches Symphonieorchester, the SWR Radio Symphonie Orchester Stuttgart, the Münchner Kammerorchester, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the numerous symphonic orchestras of the BBC.

She made her BBC Prom’s debut in the summer of 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall and the Cadogan Hall and in 2018 performed Mozart’s clarinet concerto at a televised BBC Prom with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Dausgaerd.

Regular appearances at prestigious halls in Europe include: the Tonhalle Zurich, Bozar Brussels, Philharmonie Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, Konzerthaus Vienna, Wigmore Hall and Concertgebouw Amsterdam, as well as international festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, Mecklenburg- Vorpommern Festspiele, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Kissinger Sommer and Radio France Festival in Montpellier.

As an inspired chamber musician, Annelien co-founded the Brussels chamber music ensemble CAROUSEL in 2018 with the aim of performing existing and new chamber music of the highest level. Together with pianist Lucas Blondeel, she recorded the sonatas by Weinberg and Prokofiev for the Genuin label. This album was highly appreciated by the press and Annelien won the Klara Award from the Flemish Radio in 2015.

Her passion for music, and the clarinet in particular has inspired a number of composers to write for her. For example, Manfred Trojahn dedicated his “Sonata V” to Annelien in 2017. Her intensive practice of yoga and its positive influence on her clarinet playing prompted Annelien to commission SUTRA, a clarinet concerto based on breath and meditation, written by Wim Henderickx and co-commissioned by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.

Annelien Van Wauwe originally studied with the renowned soloist Sabine Meyer in Lübeck. They have a deep musical bond and can be found on stage together on a regular basis. Among her teachers are international performers, including Yehuda Gilad in Los Angeles, Pascal Moragues in Paris, Alessandro Carbonare in Rome and Wenzel Fuchs and Ralf Forster in Berlin. Annelien has a strong affinity for early music and studied historical clarinet with Eric Hoeprich and Ernst Schlader. She is an avid pedagogue, regularly gives masterclasses and is principal teacher at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp.

Booklet for Belle époque

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