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Clarinet Recital: Bradbury, John - BAX, A. / ROXBURGH, E. / FINZI, G. / HURLSTONE, W. (The English Clarinet)

Composer(s):
Artist(s) Bradbury, John, clarinet • Cryer, James, piano
Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporaryRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.570539
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


The clarinet is the most versatile of all wind instruments, able to express warmth, brilliance, passion and elegy. All facets of the clarinet are represented here, unified by the English school. Lloyd Webber and Edward German give us enchanting melody, Hurlstone uses drama and song whereas Bliss writes a lament. Bax and Finzi deliver masterworks, now essential clarinet repertoire, and Patterson and Roxburgh add fire and fantasy to this collection.


   




Review By Em Marshall,Albion Magazine Online,January 2009

This is a delightful compilation of English works for clarinet, played very well indeed by John Bradbury accompanied by James Cryer. It opens with a surprisingly languid work by the usually bouncy Edward German, which is followed by a suitably brooding performance of Bax’s Sonata. Each of the Edwin Roxburgh Four Wordsworth Miniatures is preceded by a slightly prosaic spoken introduction, which the works nonetheless depict effectively; the real joy, however, is the performance of Finzi’s well-loved, tuneful Five Bagatelles. The ensuing Hurlstone Four Characteristic Pieces are deftly-composed, interesting works, as are the charming little miniatures by William Lloyd Webber. The disc concludes with Bliss’s rather sombre Pastoral. There are

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Review By Em Marshall,Albion Magazine Online,January 2009

This is a delightful compilation of English works for clarinet, played very well indeed by John Bradbury accompanied by James Cryer. It opens with a surprisingly languid work by the usually bouncy Edward German, which is followed by a suitably brooding performance of Bax’s Sonata. Each of the Edwin Roxburgh Four Wordsworth Miniatures is preceded by a slightly prosaic spoken introduction, which the works nonetheless depict effectively; the real joy, however, is the performance of Finzi’s well-loved, tuneful Five Bagatelles. The ensuing Hurlstone Four Characteristic Pieces are deftly-composed, interesting works, as are the charming little miniatures by William Lloyd Webber. The disc concludes with Bliss’s rather sombre Pastoral. There are

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Review By David Denton, Naxos,July 2008

This highly enjoyable release of music by English composers through the 20th century presents many gems. There is the sad promise that Four Characteristic Pieces show for the gifted composer William Hurlstone, appointed professor at London’s Royal Academy of Music in 1905 only to die the following year aged thirty. It is quintessentially English when such a style was only just beginning. There are tracks of salon music, Edward German’s gentle Romance setting the scene for two pieces by William Lloyd-Webber, the distinguished educationalist and father of Andrew, today’s most successful composer of musicals. In more serious mood we have Bax’s two-movement Sonata from 1934, a score that perfectly explores the instrument, the finale requiring

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