English Fantasy: Music for Clarinet & Orchestra | Nimbus - Alliance NI6328

English Fantasy: Music for Clarinet & Orchestra

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Label: Nimbus - Alliance

Cat No: NI6328

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 12th August 2016

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About

This album is particularly close to my heart because it contains music written especially for me; the composers have paid me the great compliment of writing with my playing in mind, in some cases collaborating closely with me, in others simply presenting me with a finished work, and in all cases creating a distinctive, English piece which makes a worthwhile addition to the repertoire for solo clarinet with orchestra.

These four composers have all also dared to write melodically whilst still managing to find new things to say. Does it take courage to write melodically? Well, yes, when you live in an age where art has to be forever stretching boundaries to be taken seriously. However
English Fantasy contains music which I hope will entertain and move a contemporary audience whilst unapologetically rooting itself in the traditions of the past. - Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson is one of the few clarinettists to have established a busy career as a solo performer which has taken her to major European, American and Asian venues as well as to Africa and Australasia. She is one of the UK's biggest selling classical artists, having sold over half a million albums worldwide. Her recent recording of sonatas by Brahms and Mendelssohn with John Lenehan was described as ‘definitive . . . triumphant . . .a landmark disc’ in The Observer and follows on from her Classical chart-topping successes: Voyage and The Mozart Album on the Universal label.

‘Britain’s favourite clarinettist’ - The Times

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