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Symphonic Concert
Sharon Kam, photo: Nancy Horowitz

The dazzlingly virtuosic Clarinet Concerto in F minor by the 25-year-old Carl Maria von Weber, Classical in form but pre-Romantic in expression, is among the fabulous fruits of the composer’s collaboration with outstanding virtuosos. In this case, it was Heinrich Bärmann, the most prominent clarinettist of his day, who inspired many new works dedicated to him (and also composed his own).

From his incidental music to Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt (1876), Edvard Grieg put together two concert suites (1888, 1891), selecting for each of them four distinctive orchestral miniatures. Those from the first suite in particular became ‘hits’, familiar not just in concert halls, but also from their frequent use in other contexts, including film.

To mark the 65th anniversary of the death of Jean Sibelius, we will be hearing his Fifth Symphony, the composition of which was also linked to an anniversary – the Finnish master’s 50th birthday, in 1915. That was an initiative from the government of Finland, which wished to express with its commission the esteem in which the nation held one of its greatest sons. The first version of this symphony, although faithful to a neoromantic idiom, includes tentative innovations in form and sound, which were tempered through successive revisions.

Piotr Maculewicz

 

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Sharon Kam

One of the world’s leading clarinet soloists, Sharon Kam has been working with renowned orchestras in the United States, Europe, and Japan for over 20 years.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s clarinet masterpieces have been an object of artistic focus for her since the beginning of her career. At the age of 16, Sharon Kam performed the Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major, KV 622 in her orchestral debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Zubin Mehta. A short time later, she performed Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A major, KV 581 with the Guarneri String Quartet in Carnegie Hall, New York. As part of Mozart’s 250th birthday celebrations at the Národní divadlo in Prague, her interpretation of the Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto was televised live in 33 countries and is available on DVD. In the same year, she was able to realize her long time dream of recording the Concerto and the Clarinet Quintet using the basset clarinet.

As a passionate chamber musician, Sharon Kam regularly works with artists such as Christian Tetzlaff, Enrico Pace, Daniel Müller-Schott, Leif Ove Andsnes, Carolin Widmann, late Lars Vogt and the Jerusalem Quartet. She is a frequent guest at festivals in Schleswig-Holstein, Heimbach, Rheingau, Risor, Cork, Verbier, and Delft, as well as the Schubertiade festival.

Highlights in the 2022/2023 season include concerts with the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, the wind orchestra La Musique de l’Air, the hr-Sinfonieorchester, and concerts with her trio colleagues Enrico Pace and Julian Steckel.

Sharon Kam feels at home in a variety of musical genres – from classical to modern music and jazz – a fact reflected in her diverse discography. She received the ‘Echo Instrumentalist of the Yearaward two times: in 1998, for her Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op. 73 recording with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Kurt Masur, and in 2006, for her CD with the MDR-Sinfonieorchester (MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra) featuring works by Weber, Luis Spohr, Gioacchino Rossini and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. Her American Classics CD with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by her husband Gregor Bühl, was awarded the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik.


 

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