1 2 3 11: 20th- & 21st-Century Works for Clarinet | Orchid Classics ORC100184

1 2 3 11: 20th- & 21st-Century Works for Clarinet


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Label: Orchid Classics

Cat No: ORC100184

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 19th November 2021



Clarinettist Barnaby Robson performs a rich programme of 20th-century and contemporary music for clarinet and piano, including world-premiere recordings.

The release opens with Barnaby Robsonís collaboration with BAFTA-winning sound designer Martin Cantwell: a recording of Steve Reichís intricate New York Counterpoint, which involves eight pre-recorded clarinet lines (the forces of which are referenced in the albumís title.) Herbert Howells is celebrated for his choral music but his instrumental works are less famous; with pianist Fiona Harris, Robson performs the 1946 version of Howellsís Clarinet Sonata, never recorded before.

Three further world-premiere recordings follow: Robsonís arrangement for clarinet, viola and piano of George Fentonís Snow Leopard Ė music originally composed for the BBCís Planet Earth Ė for which Robson is joined by Simon Chamberlain (piano) and Rebecca Chambers (viola); Graham Fitkinís mercurial Cusp for solo clarinet; and the witty Red Herring Blues for clarinet and piano by baritone-composer Roderick Williams.

The recording is rounded off with two 20th-century French works: Poulencís Sonata for two clarinets (Robson has recorded both parts) and Debussyís dazzling PremiŤre Rhapsodie for clarinet and piano.

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