Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein Records All-Weber Debut Album, Out 10/1
Alexander Fiterstein, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Bridge
Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein has recorded an all-Weber album with conductor Martin West and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra for his debut solo album on the Bridge label, to be released onTuesday, October 1, 2013. The album features Weber's two clarinet concertos and his Concertino in E-flat major, and was recorded at Skywalker Sound on George Lukas' Skywalker Ranch outside of San Francisco in March 2011. The album (BRIDGE 9416) is available for purchase from BRIDGE RECORDS, INC. and at Amazon and iTunes.
Mr. Fiterstein said, "I have been playing Weber's concertos since I was a teenager and thought it would be great to record them on my first solo album with orchestra. Weber's concertos are both lyrical and virtuosic and you can sense the composer is telling a story through the clarinet. There are moments that are very dramatic (Weber was an opera composer) and some incredibly intimate phrases as well. The last movements are a celebration!"
Mr. Fiterstein was recently featured on the album, Sean Hickey: Concertos, released by Delos on May 28, 2013. The album includes the world premiere recordings of Mr. Hickey's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra and Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, with conductor Vladimir Lande and the St. Petersburg State Symphony. Mr. Fiterstein's performance of the clarinet concerto was reviewed in Audiophile Audition saying, "Soloist Alexander Fiterstein is one of the country's best players and performs with great tone and fluid technique."
Mr. Fiterstein is recognized for playing that combines flawless technique and consummate musicianship with graceful phrasing and a warm soulful tone. Considered one of today's most exceptional clarinetists, he has performed in recital and with prestigious orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout the world. Recipient of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Mr. Fiterstein has been praised by The New York Times for possessing a "beautiful liquid clarity," and The Washington Post has written, "Fiterstein treats his instrument as his own personal voice, dazzling in its spectrum of colors, agility and range. Every sound he makes is finely measured without inhibiting expressiveness."