chambermusic for clarinet a.o.

With sensitive, almost seismographic musicality, clarinettist Dirk Altmann and Florian Henschel on piano explore Robert Schumann’s late chamber music. They capture the yearning tone of these poetic miniatures, they know how to capture the atmosphere of escapism and nostalgia, the unstable moods that imperceptibly, incomprehensibly turn from the most beautiful comfort into abysmal sadness.

Wolfgang Stähr


Florian Henschel, piano
Dirk Altmann, clarinet and basset-horn
Rudolf König, basset-horn (studies)
Gunter Teuffel, viola (fairy tales)


Märchenerzählungen CD
Label: Hänssler classic

Recording: 08. – 10.01 1996 Christophorus-Kirche, Wiesbaden (Track 6-16) and 06.-07.07.2003 Stadthalle Kirchheim/T. (Track 1-5-; 17-23)

Recording & Editing/Producer: Andreas Spreer (TACET)

Used Instruments: Buffet Crampon Elite, Oskar Oehler; Fritz und Herbert Wurlitzer (Clarinets & Bassetthorn), Steinway & Sons (Piano), Viola, Mitte 18. Jahrh. Brecia

Piano support: Dietmar Heumann

Programme notes: Katharina Eickhoff

Program notes

Aoyama music award

2024/ March 02.

Barocksaal Kyoto, Japan

My pianist Prof. Mako Okamoto and I received the Aoyama Music Award for our concert with the programme "Traumgekrönt" on 18 March 2023. The award ceremony will also take place on 2 March 2024 in the Kyoto Baroque Hall.
Many thanks to Laura-Erika Nakamura from Josef Woodwind Manufacture, who took great care of the concert organisation.
The Aoyama Music Award is a prestigious Japanese music prize that is awarded once a year. The winners are honoured for their achievements and their potential for the further development of music.
The prize is endowed with JPY 2,000,000.

September/29 Concert Chișinău

Weber clarinet concerto no. 1

2023/ September 29. 18:00 Palatul Republicii Chișinău, Moldova
At the end of September, I will hand over an oboe as a donation from the SWR Symphony Orchestra to the Philharmonic Orchestra in Chișinău, Republic of Moldova. As a musical greeting, I will perform the Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor by C. M. von Weber with the orchestra at its season opening.

Mountain City Summer 2023

Festival Bergstadtsommer

2023/ September 02. - 09.
Sankt Georgen im Schwarzwald

This year, my long-time chamber music partner Gen Yokosaka (cello) is expected at the Bergstadt Summer. In addition to works by Elgar and Dvorak at the orchestra concert, we will play some of my arrangements of Johann Strauss, Leos Weiner and Kurt Weil at the opening concert. We have invited Susanne Zagar-Swiridoff as a current composer.

Traumgekrönt in Kyoto

Recital with Mako Okamoto, Piano

2023/ March 18. 17:00 Barocksaal Kyoto, Japan
My romance journey begins in the nice Barocksaal in Kyoto

Donaueschinger Musiktage 2023

Figaro with Kyogen Theater

10.03. Osaka12.03. Tokyo


With my Swiss wind colleagues, the KlangArt Ensemble, we are part of a performance of “La nozze de figaro”, which includes four different Japanese and German art forms.