Prism: New Works for Clarinet  | NMC Recordings NMCD139

Prism: New Works for Clarinet


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Label: NMC Recordings

Cat No: NMCD139

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 18th April 2011



Mark Simpson won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2006 when he was 17 years old. Mark is currently a Music undergraduate at St Catherineís College, Oxford University. His piece Lov(escape), which Simpson wrote for himself to play at the Young Musician semi-final, was also a winner of the Guardian/BBC Proms Young Composers competition in 2006.

This recital of new pieces for clarinet and basset clarinet includes works by Mark-Anthony Turnage, Emily Howard, Gary Carpenter, Patrick Nunn and Kenneth Hesketh, along with Mark Simpsonís Lov(escape).

Mark Simpson writes ... "When I was asked to perform Mozartís Clarinet Concerto in 2008 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, it was expected that I would play the work on a modern-day basset clarinet. Having purchased one and used it in performance, I wasnít happy to leave it sat idly gathering dust in its case. In my eyes the basset clarinet is an exciting enhancement of the standard soprano clarinet, and its logical development: its lower range gives it a subtler and richer sonority than the soprano clarinet.

The works on this disc are a culmination of five years of actively working with and commissioning composers. My aim during this period was to develop the repertoire for the basset clarinet, and also provide a platform for composers in whose work I was interested and believed in; I was able to develop these relationships through the opportunities that followed my winning BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2006."

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