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Andreas Ottensamer revels in the clarinet's songful intimacy alongside Yuja Wang in this week's WCRB: CD of the Week

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Andreas Ottensamer is a natural with the clarinet. His latest CD focuses on the clarinet's mysterious and beguiling songfulness. He has teamed up with his own orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, and his friend, pianist Yuja Wang, for a CD called Blue Hour – a constellation of arrangements by Ottensamer himself of Mendelssohn and Brahms piano pieces, and one of Brahms's touching songs. These are anchored by a sparkling performance of Weber's Clarinet Concerto No. 1 and his virtuoso Grand Duo Concertant.

Ottensamer and Wang have profound imaginations for sound, and they're able to imitate one another in a heartwarming way. Conductor Mariss Jansons brings just the right depth and balance to Weber's concerto. These musicians understand the complex intelligence of the Romantic composers and the natural, heartfelt result they used it for.   Turn the lights out for this one.

Andreas Ottensamer, Yuja Wang - Blue Hour is the WCRB: Boston 'CD of the Week'