There are thousands of amazing recordings by talented clarinetists from around the world, and I’ve chosen some of my favorites for the following list.
I’ve chosen these recordings based on their historical significance and prominence among the clarinet community. This list just contains classical recordings, and I know that there are countless jazz recordings just waiting to get their own list. My list includes only solo and chamber music repertoire, so stay tuned for more lists with orchestral repertoire.
By no means is this list meant to be comprehensive, and I would enjoy hearing about which pieces you would put on your own list.
So, without further ado, here are 13 recordings I think every clarinetist should listen to (arranged alphabetically by performer):
- Jack Brymer – The Virtuoso Clarinet with Vienna State Opera (which includes a wonderful performance of the Krommer Concerto)
- Louis Cahuzac – Hindemith Concerto with Paul Hindemith and the Philharmonia Orchestra; Nielsen Concerto with the Royal Orchestra of Copenhagen
- Philippe Cuper – Francaix Concerto with the Orchestre symphonique de Bretagne
- Guy Deplus – Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps with Fernandez (violin), Neilz (cello), and Petit (piano)
- Stanley Drucker – Nielsen Concerto with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic
- Benny Goodman – Bartók Contrasts with Belà Bartók and Joseph Szigeti
- Karl Leister – Brahms Quintet with the Amadeus Quartet
- Reginald Kell – Brahms Quintet with the Busch Quartet
- Béla Kovács – Béla Kovács Hommages
- Robert Marcellus – Mozart Concerto with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra
- Sabine Meyer – Weber Concerti with Staatskapelle Dresden
- Gervase de Peyer – Clarinet Recital with Cyril Preedy (especially the Benjamin Le tombeau de Ravel)
- Harold Wright – Brahms Sonatas with Harris Goldsmith
Comment below with your favorite clarinet recordings!