This has to be one of the most balanced clarinet ensembles on YouTube, ever. Of course, the Eefer and the bass clarinet are a bit too loud at times, and I would like to have another alto in place of one of the sopranos, but even the lone alto clarinet can be heard throughout the whole piece. And the contrabass truly gives that alla organ pedal note bass that is characteristic of a good clarinet choir.
Case in point, this is what a clarinet choir should sound like. Balanced, with a full sound, ringing in the upper ranges, and supported by a strong low end. The other video I posted, the one with the clarinet choir playing Danse Macabre, doesn’t even come close to the balance and unity of sound that Ensemble Infinity is able to achieve. This should be our model for clarinet choirs, not a bunch of Bb’s augmented by just an alto, bass, and contrabass.
I must admit, slur2tongue2, you were right. Here you have an ensemble of only 8 clarinetists, and yet their sound fills the whole hall. If better results are achieved with less, then that may show in this video as well.
I am really fond of this group Ensemble Infinity. Sure, you could watch some of their older videos and dismiss them as just amateur musicians, but some of their other videos, including the one of Clarinet Dances that I posted and subsequently got quite popular, are some of the finest clarinet ensemble playing I have ever heard.
Speaking of which, anybody would care to inform us about what this wonderful and moving piece of music is that Ensemble Infinity is playing? My knowledge of Japanese is only very basic, and I don’t think Google Translate is going to help…