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COPLAND, A.: Clarinet Concerto / ALDRIDGE, R.L.: Clarinet Concerto / Samba (D. Singer, A Far Cry, Shanghai Quartet)

Composer(s):Aldridge, Robert LivingstonCopland, Aaron
Artist(s) Singer, David, clarinet • Shanghai Quartet, Ensemble • Far Cry, A
Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicConcertos
Catalogue 8.559667
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Aaron Copland’s popular Clarinet Concerto, with its tender and poignant opening, highly virtuosic central cadenza and brilliantly jazzy final movement, is preceded by Robert L. Aldridge’s Clarinet Concerto, which has been described as the direct descendant of the Copland. Classical, folk, jazz and klezmer influences are brought together in a work which is infectious in its driving rhythms and soaring melodies. Aldridge’s Samba for clarinet and string quartet is an attempt to make this instrumentation sound like a Latin big-band. David Singer, the acclaimed longtime principal clarinetist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, is joined on this recording by the internationally renowned Shanghai Quartet and A Far Cry Orchestra, a Boston-based

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Review By Carlos Vílchez Negrín,Scherzo,June 2011

Para el final ha quedado uno de los patriarcas de la música norteamericana del s. Xx: Aaron Copland, de quien se ha incluido su famoso Conciertopara clarinet (8.559667). Una orquesta poco conocida en Europa, A Far Cry Orchestra, un conjunto sin director formado por jóvenes músicos profesionales del area de Boston que muestran una gran calidad, junto a un clarinetista, David Singer, que exprime al obra de Copland. El disco se complementa con la interpretación del Concierto para clarinet de Robert Aldridge, descendiente directo de la pieza anterior, en al que mezcla elementos jazzísticos con música klezmer y una estructura puramente clásica. Singer apuesta por una lectura contagiosa desde el punto de vista

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Review By James Manheim,Allmusic.com,October 2010

Aaron Copland’s clarinet concerto of 1948, composed for Benny Goodman, is among the most popular works in the canon of clarinet music. It’s in Copland’s accessible, tonal style, and naturally enough it harks back to the composer’s jazz-influenced works of the 1920s. Although he is probably one of America’s most-loved composers, Copland’s iconic style has always been difficult for other composers of concert music (although certainly not for those of film music) to follow. There are other good recordings of the clarinet concerto (those by Richard Stoltzman are worth seeking out), but the real attraction here is the Aldridge clarinet concerto of 2004, which manages the trick of clearly referring to Copland without aping him. The jazz influence in

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Review By James Manheim,Allmusic.com,October 2010

Aaron Copland’s clarinet concerto of 1948, composed for Benny Goodman, is among the most popular works in the canon of clarinet music. It’s in Copland’s accessible, tonal style, and naturally enough it harks back to the composer’s jazz-influenced works of the 1920s. Although he is probably one of America’s most-loved composers, Copland’s iconic style has always been difficult for other composers of concert music (although certainly not for those of film music) to follow. There are other good recordings of the clarinet concerto (those by Richard Stoltzman are worth seeking out), but the real attraction here is the Aldridge clarinet concerto of 2004, which manages the trick of clearly referring to Copland without aping him. The jazz influence in

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Review By James Manheim,Allmusic.com,October 2010

Aaron Copland’s clarinet concerto of 1948, composed for Benny Goodman, is among the most popular works in the canon of clarinet music. It’s in Copland’s accessible, tonal style, and naturally enough it harks back to the composer’s jazz-influenced works of the 1920s. Although he is probably one of America’s most-loved composers, Copland’s iconic style has always been difficult for other composers of concert music (although certainly not for those of film music) to follow. There are other good recordings of the clarinet concerto (those by Richard Stoltzman are worth seeking out), but the real attraction here is the Aldridge clarinet concerto of 2004, which manages the trick of clearly referring to Copland without aping him. The jazz influence in

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Review By Joshua Meggitt,Cyclic Defrost,August 2010

Most of Australia’s sports-watching beer-swilling couch potatoes could unwittingly hum Aaron Copland’s ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’, the theme tune to Channel 9’s ‘Wide World of Sport’, but there’s more to the American composer than that catchy ditty. Copland featured prominently in Alex Ross’s thrilling history of twentieth century music ‘The Rest Is Noise’, and his ‘Clarinet Concerto’ is one of the staples of the genre. Along with Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, Copland’s Concerto helped give the instrument a distinctly American classical voice, complimenting that established by jazz players like Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw (indeed, Benny Goodman commissioned the piece and

Robert L Aldridge’s ‘Clarinet Concerto’ is described as a direct descendant of Copland’s work, and explores a similar hodgepodge of musical styles, all comfortably packed in, jostling like a cattle-train. Aldridge also introduces klezmer elements, particularly well detailed in the vicious opening movement, giving way to serene introspection in the second. The finale locks into a jaunty polka dance which, alongside the jazzy riffs and sweeping orchestral touches, evokes the heterogenous high-culture Americana of Woody Allen soundtracks.

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