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Hommage à PARIS

Music by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Ernest Chausson, Gabriel Pierné, Paul Dukas, Maurice Ravel, Giacomo Puccini, Claude Debussy, George Gershwin, Charles Koechlin, Erik Satie and Francis Poulenc

Altmann’s depth of expression is always remarkable, the ability to change his sound as well. The particularly delicate sound of French music, this very special combination of musical sophistication and sonic charm is met here quite marvelously. Guido Krawinkel

9 | 9 | 9, Klassik heute

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Mako Okamoto, piano
Gesa Jenne, violin
Anne-Maria Hölscher, accordion
Ryutaro Hei, doublebass

Paris Clarinet “Bonbonniére”

 

The music is like a fine Chardonnay Dirk Altmann presents with his congenially shaping Japanese pianist these delicacies and makes the CD a feast of the senses!
Dieter Steppuhn

Rohrblatt 03/2016

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My current album

 

Hommage à Paris

Music by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Ernest Chausson, Gabriel Pierné, Paul Dukas, Maurice Ravel, Giacomo Puccini, Claude Debussy, George Gershwin, Charles Koechlin, Erik Satie and Francis Poulenc

Mako Okamoto, piano
Gesa Jenne, violin
Anne-Maria Hölscher, accordion
Ryutaro Hei, doublebass

Altmann’s depth of expression is always remarkable, the ability to change his sound as well. The particularly delicate sound of French music, this very special combination of musical sophistication and sonic charm is met here quite marvelously. Guido Krawinkel

9 | 9 | 9, Klassik heute

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After a lot of projects in 2016, I try to slow down a little bit in the current year. In preparation is a CD with Mozart’s clarinet concerto and the clarinet quartet with the Ludwig Chamber Players, in collaboration with the label TACET, as well as another CD with harmony-music by Albert Lortzing with the STUTTGART WINDS. Another trip to Japan will be in autumn on the way.

To look back at some important landmarks of recent years, please read in the bottom tabs.

2016
was marked by two extended journeys to Japan. In March the recording of my current “PARIS” CD took place. The season continued with a performance of the Copland Clarinet Concerto with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Joshua Weillerstein.

In May, we play a tour with the Ludwig Chamber Players in Stuttgart, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Konzerthaus in Berlin and the Beethovenhaus in Bonn. Apart from works by Beethoven, Martinu and Spohr, the program also included the premiere of my ensemble version of the “Visions fugitives” by Sergei Prokofiev (also on CD | TACET 222).

An unusual project was the premiere of the opera “Koma” by Georg Friedrich Haas at the Schwetzinger Festspiele. A challenge, because the main part of the opera was played in complete darkness. Awarded by the trade magazine Opernwelt as “World Premiere of the Year”..

In July, my first trip to Japan took place. In addition to recitals in Osaka (Phoenix Hall) and Tokyo (JT Hall), there were concerts and masterclasses at the universities in Shizuoka and Osaka as well as in Tokushima, Nara and Matsumoto.

From Japan, I went to the international music festival in Alicante. This was followed by a very emotional concert with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony-Orchestra under the direction of Sir Roger Norrington at the London Proms. Due to the merger of the two SWR orchestras, it was the last concert of my orchestra in this formation.

The summer traditionally is devoted to a small festival in the German Black Forest. During the festival in St. Georgen works by Karlheinz Stockhausen were also on the agenda, as Mozart’s Concertante for winds KV 297. In Autumn were also other premieres at the Donaueschinger Musiktagen.

n October, I went on to the second concert trip to Japan. With the Ludwig Chamber Player, we again performed in Osaka (Phoenix Hall) and Tokyo (Bunka Kaikan), as well as in Arita, Maiko, Wakayama, Kamiooka and Yokohama. Afterwards there was another recital with Mako Okamoto in Tokyo and a performance of Mozart’s clarinet concert with the Orchestra Classica conducted by Haruka Omori in Shinjuku-Tokyo.

The musical year ended with a concert tour of the newly formed SWR Symphony Orchestra to Spain under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach.

2016 was also characterized by further development of the basset clarinet in collaboration with my Japanese instrument maker JOSEF and a deeper cooperation with Ligaphone, Paris.

Clarinet playing since 1972
After a lot of projects in 2016, I try to slow down a little bit in the current year. In preparation is a CD with Mozart’s clarinet concerto and the clarinet quartet with the Ludwig Chamber Players, in collaboration with the label TACET, as well as another CD with harmony-music by Albert Lortzing with the STUTTGART WINDS. Another trip to Japan will be in autumn on the way.

To look back at some important landmarks of recent years, please read in the bottom tabs.

Prof. Helmut Pallushek (1976 - 1985)

At the age of eleven I introduced myself to the principal solo clarinet of the Orchestra Niedersächsischen Staatsoper and professor at the Musikhochschule in Hannover. My desire to become a musician accordingly, his lessons could not have been more targeted. In the next six years, I was able to learn everything you need to survive in a professional orchestra. At thirteen I played my first stage music, and at the age of 14, for the first time in the Staatsopernorchester. On my way to becoming a professional orchestra musician, I took a first prize at the national competition “Jugend musiziert”, and played in the Niedersächsische Jugendorchester, the Bundesjugendorchester and the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie…

Berlin Philharmonic (1983 - 1985)
For the first test of my qualification, my teacher sent me to the audition for the principal solo clarinet of the Berlin Philharmonic. The affair between the clarinetist Sabine Meyer, the at that time chief conductor Herbert von Karajan and the orchestra, was just at its peak when I was invited to this audition. The audition took place under the coverage of the ZDF television, for me it went well and so I was promoted by the orchestra as an “alternative”. As a member of the Herbert von Karajan Foundation, I was engaged for many concerts as a principal soloist. So, I gathered valuable experience in collaboration with Zubin Metha, Klaus Tennstedt, Václav Neumann, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Daniel Barenboim, Eugen Jochum, Lorin Maazel and, last but not least, Herbert von Karajan.
I will always be grateful for this non-self-evident support, which I was able to learn from the members of the Berlin Philharmonic as a very young inexperienced colleague. Even though I went to Stuttgart as a principal soloist after three years in Berlin, this “philharmonic spirit” shaped me sustainably.
Principal clarinet in Stuttgart ( since 1985)
In 1985, I was engaged as principle solo clarinet by the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra under his former chief conductor Sir Neville Marriner. With just 20 years I was able to benefit from an outstanding wind-section of the RSO. The orchestra still had many accomplishments from his long-time chief, Sergiu Celebidache. Sir Neville Marriner now also opened up the the new CD market to the orchestra. Gianluigi Gelmetti and George Prêtre were other leaders at this time.

The strongest impression, however, I experienced through the era of Sir Roger Norrington. The way the orchestra phrased and its establishment of a “speaking” sound-culture fulfilled the 20-year of cooperation until now.

Böhm- vs. German-System
Surprisingly, it still evokes lot of diverse responses of my colleagues, if they approach my instrument selection. When I decided more than 25 years ago, as a „German“ clarinetist to get to know which instruments the other 90% of the so-called Boehm-clarinetists are playing, I harassed criticism. Comparable perhaps with today ’s reactions from APPLE users, if you choose other devices. Yes, I love the German clarinet. Unfortunately, there is an international sound aesthetic that nobody can escape. Think’s GLOBALIZATION! More about this topic in my blog …

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The new LCP album with works from S. Prokofiev

Overture on Hebrew Themes op. 34 | Quintet op. 39 | Sonata op. 134 | Visions figitives op. 22 (Chambermusic version) | Sonata op. 115 | Humoresque Scherzo op. 12b

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Oh my God! In Fukui @ night. ... See MoreSee Less

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Oh my God! In Fukui @ night.

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3 weeks ago

Dirk Altmann, Klarinette hat 2 neue Fotos hinzugefügt.

Meet me and the new JOSEF Bassettclarinet at Fukui Clarinet Festival. 2017.11.18 Fukui Japan.
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Meet me and the new JOSEF Bassettclarinet at Fukui Clarinet Festival. 2017.11.18 Fukui Japan.

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Nice concert and great evening in Kobe. With Anna-Magdalena Kosits and Ryutaro Hei. Arrogant! ... See MoreSee Less

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Nice concert and great evening in Kobe. With Anna-Magdalena Kosits and Ryutaro Hei. Arrogant!
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The new LCP album with works from S. Prokofiev

Overture on Hebrew Themes op. 34 | Quintet op. 39 | Sonata op. 134 | Visions figitives op. 22 (Chambermusic version) | Sonata op. 115 | Humoresque Scherzo op. 12b

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Brahms Internmezzo A-Dur

by Ludwig Chamber Players | DEBUT

Ludwig Chamber Players
The first rehearsal of the Ludwig Chamber Players took place in spring 2013. The musicians were preparing their first concert at the prestigious Tokyo Spring festival. After a few bars of the Septet from L. v. Beethoven there was an overwhelming desire for a continued collaboration. The following concerts in Tokyo and Osaka were euphorically received by the audience. The main repertoire of the award-winning soloist ensemble is the chamber music for mixed strings and wind instruments of the 18th and 19thCentury.

Homepage…

www.ludwigchamberplayers.com

Mako Okamoto, piano
I met the Japanese musician Mako Okamoto in 2014 at a recital and masterclasses in Osaka. Her playing on the debut of Claude Debussy’s Première Rapsodie was elaborate and detailed. I was impressed by both the lightness and the color range of her piano play. In the aftermath, we played concerts in Okinawa and again 2016 in Osaka and Tokyo. Also in 2016 the CD „Hommage à PARIS“ was produced. Mako Okamoto has been a professor at Osaka-kyoiku University since 2015. The pianist received a special award at the international Olivier Messiaen Competition in Paris (2007). It is not surprising that Makos recording of the epochal piano cycle of O. Messiaen „Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jesus“ (2014), rewarded international attention.

C. Debussy Première Rapsodie

by Mako Okamoto & Dirk Altmann | PARIS

Artists & Ensembles

Ludwig Chamber Players

The first rehearsal of the Ludwig Chamber Players took place in spring 2013. The musicians were preparing their first concert at the prestigious Tokyo Spring festival. After a few bars of the Septet from L. v. Beethoven there was an overwhelming desire for a continued collaboration. The following concerts in Tokyo and Osaka were euphorically received by the audience. The main repertoire of the award-winning soloist ensemble is the chamber music for mixed strings and wind instruments of the 18th and 19thCentury.

Homepage…

www.ludwigchamberplayers.com

Mako Okamoto, piano

I met the Japanese musician Mako Okamoto in 2014 at a recital and masterclasses in Osaka. Her playing on the debut of Claude Debussy’s Première Rapsodie was elaborate and detailed. I was impressed by both the lightness and the color range of her piano play. In the aftermath, we played concerts in Okinawa and again 2016 in Osaka and Tokyo. Also in 2016 the CD „Hommage à PARIS“ was produced. Mako Okamoto has been a professor at Osaka-kyoiku University since 2015. The pianist received a special award at the international Olivier Messiaen Competition in Paris (2007). It is not surprising that Makos recording of the epochal piano cycle of O. Messiaen „Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jesus“ (2014), rewarded international attention.

Regard de l'Esprit de joie

by Olivier Messiaen | Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésu

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The accordion forms the center of this extraordinary ensemble. Its colorful and rich sound room is expanded by a violin, clarinet and double bass, so that experienced like an small orchestral spectrum. FRALHÖTI is inspired by this and combines compositions from Barock, Classic, Jazz up to contemporary music.
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www.newears.de

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www.newears.de

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Anne-Maria Hölscher, accordion
Lukas Friederich, violin
Dirk Altmann, clarinet
Felix von Tippelskirch, Kontrabass

Stuttgart
Winds

The STUTTGART WINDS are formed by the wind players of the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart (today SWR Symphony Orchestra). In addition to programs with classic harmony music by Mozart, Beethoven and Weber, there are also innovative concepts with speakers and actors.

Homepage

www.newears.de/Stuttgartwinds/

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…the collection of short and precious phrases, pieces and miniatures is a mixture of musical moments of happiness… Wolfgang Stähr

10 | 10 | 10

Not everything can be explained. Claude Debussy is on the program, exclusively, and at the beginning, Dirk Altmann, the princible clarinet of the Stuttgart-Radio Symphony Orchestra, plays the “Première Rapsodie” – so much to the actual. But as he does, that the music simply begins, imperceptibly, from nothing, as he breathes life into this dreamlike Kantilenen, remains his secret.

Hommage à Paris

My current album with Mako Okamoto (Piano), Gesa Jenne (Violin), Anne-Maria Hölscher (Accordion) and Ryutaro Hei (Doublebass)

Prokofiev Chambermusic | Ludwig Chamber Players

Mozart Gran Partita with the STUTTGART WINDS

übrigens die Aufnahme gibt es auch als LP (Vinyl)

Album with songs for childrens CARUS Verlag

Robert Schumann music for clarinet

Fantasiestücke | Stücke im Volkston | Romanzen | Adagio und Allegro | 5 kanonische Studien | Märchenerzählungen | Abendlied

Lullabies | CARUS Verlag

Debut CD der Ludwig Chamber Players

Charles Koechlin Chambermusic

Fischer-Dieskau conducts Hindemith

Georg Lickl the forgotten Mozart contemporary

Chambermusic with Lajos Lencses (oboe), Dirk Altmann (clarinet), Libor Sima (bassoon) and Wolfgang Wipfler (horn)

Sir Neville Marriner conducts Beethoven

Solo della Signora Cassentini with Lajos Lencses, Oboe | Dirk Altmann, Bassetthorn | RSO Stuttgart

Projects | Program suggestions

Recital 2

Seelenlandschaft

Carl Maria von Weber (1786 – 1826)
Variationen op. 33 (Silvana)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Klaviersonate Nr. 27 e-Moll op.90
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)
Fantasiestücke op. 73
Richard Wagner (1813 – 1859
Hirtenweise und Liebestod aus “Tristan und Isolde”
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Sonate Nr. 2 Es-Dur op. 120

Dirk Altmann, Clarinet and Tarogato
Florian Henschel, Piano

A musical bottle mail from “Seelenland” (Land of soul).

Recital 1

romantisch | virtuos | charmant

Searching Soulland with clarinet.

No instrument is as little of this world as the clarinet, none can, as Berlioz wrote, render so well the magic of twilight. Already the tone generation is an intermediate world for itself: never can be exactly when a clarinet tune really begins, and when it is there, there is always something from beyond… by Katharina Eickhoff

Music by J.S. Bach, A. Berg, W.A. Mozart, R. Schumann, G. Perné, Ch. Koechlin, M. Ravel, O. Messiaen and F. Poulenc.

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1686 – 1750) / R. SCHUMANN
Prelude und Sarabande aus der Suite BWV 1007
Bassettclarinet and Piano
ALBAN BERG (1885 – 1935)
Vier Stücke op. 5
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756 – 1791) | 8´
Konzertarie Schon lacht der holde Frühling für Bassettklarinette und Klavier
ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810 – 1856)
Fantasiestücke op. 73

GABRIEL PIERNÉ (1863 – 1937) | Canzonetta op. 19
CHARLES KOECHLIN (1867 – 1950) | Le Portrait de Daisy Hamilton
Marche dans les sentiers de la nuit – Le chant de la mer – Autre Dance – Berceuse nocturnes – “Je veux…”
MAURICE RAVEL (1875 – 1937)
Pièce en forme de Habanera
OLIVIER MESSIAEN (1908 – 1992)
Catalogue d’oiseaux („Bird catalogue“), piano (1956–58)
Nr.13 „Le courlis cendré“
FRANCIS POULENC (1899 – 1963)
Sonata pour clarinette et piano (1963)

Dirk Altmann, clarinet
Mako Okamoto, piano

Projects | Program suggestions

Recital 1

romantisch | virtuos | charmant

Music by

J.S. Bach, A. Berg, W.A. Mozart, R. Schumann, G. Perné, Ch. Koechlin, M. Ravel, O. Messiaen and F. Poulenc.

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JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1686 – 1750) / R. SCHUMANN
Prelude und Sarabande aus der Suite BWV 1007
Bassettclarinet and Piano
ALBAN BERG (1885 – 1935)
Vier Stücke op. 5
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756 – 1791) | 8´
Konzertarie Schon lacht der holde Frühling für Bassettklarinette und Klavier
ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810 – 1856)
Fantasiestücke op. 73

GABRIEL PIERNÉ (1863 – 1937) | Canzonetta op. 19
CHARLES KOECHLIN (1867 – 1950) | Le Portrait de Daisy Hamilton
Marche dans les sentiers de la nuit – Le chant de la mer – Autre Dance – Berceuse nocturnes – “Je veux…”
MAURICE RAVEL (1875 – 1937)
Pièce en forme de Habanera
OLIVIER MESSIAEN (1908 – 1992)
Catalogue d’oiseaux („Bird catalogue“), piano (1956–58)
Nr.13 „Le courlis cendré“
FRANCIS POULENC (1899 – 1963)
Sonata pour clarinette et piano (1963)

Dirk Altmann, clarinet
Mako Okamoto, piano

Recital 2

Seelenlandschaft

Searching Soulland with clarinet.
No instrument is as little of this world as the clarinet, none can, as Berlioz wrote, render so well the magic of twilight. Already the tone generation is an intermediate world for itself: never can be exactly when a clarinet tune really begins, and when it is there, there is always something from beyond… by Katharina Eickhoff
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Carl Maria von Weber (1786 – 1826)
Variationen op. 33 (Silvana)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Klaviersonate Nr. 27 e-Moll op.90

Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)
Fantasiestücke op. 73
Richard Wagner (1813 – 1859
Hirtenweise und Liebestod aus “Tristan und Isolde”
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)

Sonate Nr. 2 Es-Dur op. 120

Dirk Altmann, Klarinette und Tarogato
Florian Henschel, Klavier