The Concertos for Clarinet and Orchestra Nos 1 and 2 and the Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra by Carl Maria von Weber have been written in a very short interval of time (March-July 1811). Their creation was provoked by Weber's friend and virtuoso clarinet player Haeinrich Josef Baermann. The Concertino was created first and its premiere on April 5th, 1811 had exceptionally great success and initiated the commission of the two Concertos for clarinet.
The recordings for this release have been performed by Svilen Simeonov, clarinet, and Amadeus Orchestra conducted by Choi Yong-Ho.
Svilen Simeonov graduated from the Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music in Sofia, majoring in clarinet with Prof. Sava Dimitrov, and from the Academy of Music and Dances, Plovdiv, where he majored in symphony conducting with Prof. Emil Yanev. He specialised in conducting at the Vienna Conservatoire with maestro Salvatore Mas Conde, as well as with Kirk Trevor, Music Director of Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, USA, Tsung Yen, Principal Conductor of Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Mariusz Smolij, Music Director of Riverside Symphony, New Jersey. Mr. Simeonov has toured a number of countries throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America. He is the founder and conductor of the Amadeus Orchestra. This recording of the orchestra was conducted by Choi Yong-Ho, who graduated from the Seoul University College of Music, majoring in clarinet, and from Dankuk University, majoring in orchestra conducting. Later he specialised under Maestro Mario Gusella and Donato Renzetti at Accademia Musicale Pescarese. He has conducted orchestras in Italy, Great Britain, Bulgaria, Russia and Macedonia.
Recorded in Bulgaria Concert Hall, Sofia, April 1998
WEBER · CONCERTOS FOR CLARINET AND ORCHESTRA
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra No. 1 in F minor, op. 73
 Allegro moderato 8'34''
 Adagio ma non troppo 6'34''
 Rondo. Allegro 6'33''
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra No. 2 in E-flat major, op. 74
 Allegro 8'46''
 Romance. Andante con moto 6'57''
 Alla Polacca 6'44''
 Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra in E-flat major, op. 26 9'18''
Svilen Simeonov, clarinet
Amadeus Orchestra, Sofia
Choi Yong-Ho, conductor