Ed Matthew on Historical Clarinets


From his home in New York City, clarinetist Ed Matthew talks about his collection of period clarinets, ranging from Baroque chalumeaux through the classical era to modern instruments. Musical excerpts from Schubert, Beethoven, and others demonstrate the amazing range and tonal quality of this single-reed instrument.







Ed Matthew has served as guest-principal clarinetist with Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque, Pacific MusicWorks, the American Classical Orchestra, Grand Harmonie, ARTEK, and Musica Angelica. He has performed with REBEL, Apollo's Fire, Washington Bach Consort, Opera Lafayette, Sinfonia New York, Boston Baroque, Handel & Haydn Society, and other period ensembles. He is a member of Bläser Band, Pit Stop Players, and the New York Clarinet Quartet, among other groups. On modern clarinet and woodwinds, he is in the orchestra of the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera. His recording of Passages, a clarinet concerto by Gary William Friedman, is on the 150Music label. He was a founding member of Arizona's award-winning wind quintet Quintessence.




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VIDEO PERFORMANCE: Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 in F (complete)

As Ed Matthew points out, classical clarinets have an important role to play in Beethoven's Eighth Symphony for orchestra.  Enjoy a complete period-instrument performance recorded in HD. Program notes included.




PERFORMANCE: Schubert's Der Hirt auf dem Felsen

Ed Matthew joined with soprano Megan Chartrand and fortepianist Gabriel Dobner for a scintillating performance of Schubert's Der Hirt auf dem Felsen in 2015.  Program notes and text/translation included.




PERFORMANCE: Telemann's Concerto in D Minor for Two Chalumeaux 

Ed Matthew joins Nina Stern and members of the SMF family for a rare performance of music for chalumeaux, the Baroque predecessor to the modern clarinet.  Recorded live at a free noon concert in 2018.