- Sinfonia Concertante for clarinet, horn, bassoon & orchestra in B flat major, Op. 3
- Concerto for 2 clarinets & orchestra in E flat, Op 35
- Sorgmarsch (Funeral March), for orchestra
The music heard on this disc comes from Sweden and dates from the early nineteenth century. Though performed by a small Swedish wind symphony, most of it wasn't written for that medium. It's objectionable that the packaging doesn't give a better idea of what one is getting. The "Concertante for clarinet, horn, and bassoon in B flat major, Op. 3" (not B major as is indicated in the tracklist) was arranged -- presumably by Bernhard Henrik Crusell, although that isn't actually stated -- from an orchestral concerto. The Franz Krommer (Frantisek Kramar) "Concerto for two clarinets in E flat major" is an arrangement by Crusell for winds of Krommer's original. And the concluding "Sorgmarsch" (or funeral march) was mostly written by someone else after Crusell's death; its final section quotes one of Crusell's songs. The disc therefore contains no actual music by Crusell in its original form, and it's thus hardly a suitable component for a survey serious such as the Swedish Romantics set of which it is a part. The music itself, however, is enjoyable enough if rather stolid in terms of thematic invention. Crusell has a nifty way of using the timpani to capture the energy of full-orchestra passages, and the first movement of his own triple concerto emerges as a subtle series of terraced layers featuring the soloists (together or in combination), a larger wind group, and the entire massed ensemble. The last two movements are light and entertaining, with a lengthy paraphrase of a Cherubini aria in the finale. Crusell's inventive arrangements for wind ensemble are likewise manifest in the Krommer concerto, whose exuberant final rondo has the winds chasing each other around the room. The Östgöta Wind Symphony plays the music competently and sympathetically, and, in all, the disc is well suited to light listening even if less so to the survey intentions of the series of which it is part.