Belle Époque

Annelien van Wauwe

Original Recording Format: DSD 64

The program is built around treasures of French turn-of-the-century music such as Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie, Pierné’s Canzonetta and Widor’s Introduction et Rondo (the latter two in arrangements by Jelle Tassyns). Belle époque also offers works that display a spiritual kinship to the age, such as Brahms’s first clarinet sonata, arranged by Luciano Berio, and a world-premiere recording of Paris-based contemporary composer Manfred Trojahn (Rhapsodie pour clarinette et orchestre).

Annelien van Wauwe is a former BBC New Generation Artist and winner of the ARD International Music Competition 2012 and the renowned Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award 2018. She kickstarts an exclusive collaboration with Pentatone with this first solo album.

The Orchestre National de Lille and Alexandre Bloch release their second Pentatone album, after their 2018 recording of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles, crowned with a Diapason d’or.

Quote from Annelien Van Wauwe

“Feeling enthusiastic about now being a member of the Pentatone artist’s family would be an understatement. Recording albums for a label that mirrors all aspects of my artistic personality is like having found a second voice to express the music that I care for so deeply. Both Pentatone and myself aim for outstanding quality and honest interpretations to experience the intensive emotions of music. I feel thrilled that I will be sharing these with our listeners soon. Working with Renaud Loranger and his highly qualified and charismatic team has been and will be a most inspiring experience. I am looking forward to the release of the first solo album ‘belle époque’ and future cooperations.”

Quote from Renaud Loranger, Vice President Artists and Repertoire, Pentatone

“I have been following Annelien’s career with growing interest over the last couple of years, and I am thrilled that she is joining the label. She has that exceptional combination of artistry, musicianship and virtuosity, fuelled by a relentlessly curious mind and voracious appetite for repertoire and the realm of possibilities the instrument offers. We look forward to extraordinary developments.”


Claude Debussy: Premiere Rhapsodie
Manfred Trojahn: Rhapsodie pour clarinette et orchestre - I. Reverie
Manfred Trojahn: Rhapsodie pour clarinette et orchestre - II. Intermede avec valse a? la musette
Manfred Trojahn: Rhapsodie pour clarinette et orchestre - III. Caprice
Gabriel Pierne: Canzonetta
Johannes Brahms (arr. Luciano Berio): Clarinet Sonata No. 1, Op. 120 in F Minor - I. Allegro appassi
Johannes Brahms (arr. Luciano Berio): Clarinet Sonata No. 1, Op. 120 in F Minor - II. Andante un poc
Johannes Brahms (arr. Luciano Berio): Clarinet Sonata No. 1, Op. 120 in F Minor - III. Allegretto gr
Johannes Brahms (arr. Luciano Berio): Clarinet Sonata No. 1, Op. 120 in F Minor - IV. Vivace
Charles-Marie Widor: Introduction et Rondo, Op. 72

Total time: 00:59:45

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Annelien Van Wauwe plays a ‘Vintage’ clarinet by Buffet Crampon Paris

Financial Support

The Orchestre National de Lille is subsidised by Région Hauts-de-France, Ministère de la Culture, Métropole Européenne de Lille and Ville de Lille.


Original Recording Format


Erdo Groot

Recording Engineer

François Gabert

Recording Location

Auditorium of Le Nouveau Siècle, in Lille, December 2018

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 64

Release Date August 16, 2019

Press reviews

The Telegraph

“(Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie) makes a seductive start, with Wauwe’s first note burgeoning from silence while the orchestra shimmers around her, and she is equally responsive to the music’s sudden feline leaps into a wholly different mood.

Classic FM

Clarinetist Annelien Van Wauwe explores turn-of-the-century French and European repertoire on this recording, which is her debut.

As well as Debussy’s Rhapsody for clarinet and orchestra, and the rare treat of a Rhapsody from German composer Manfred Trojahn, the disc includes arrangements of Widor’s Introduction and Rondo, Op. 72 and Pierné’s Canzonetta.

The centerpiece is Brahms’ Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in which Van Wauwe is joined by the Lille National Orchestra, conducted by Alexandre Bloch.

“The Belle époque or “beautiful era” was a period at the end of the 19th century symbolized by gold. It was a time characterized by optimism, happiness, peace and social tranquility,” Van Wauwe explains.

“Art and music were inspired very much by nature, so you can see many flowing lines and curves in music, as well as in art [of the time].”


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