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COPLAND, A. / BERNSTEIN, L.: Clarinet Sonatas / DANKWORTH, J.: Suite for Emma / Picture of Jeannie (Johnson)

Composer(s):Bernstein, LeonardCopland, AaronDankworth, John
Artist(s) Johnson, Emma, clarinet • Lenehan, John, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.572240
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Sir John Dankworth was inspired by Benny Goodman’s playing to study clarinet at the Royal Academy: his delightful Suite for Emma was composed for Emma Johnson, former BBC Young Musician of the Year, who performs it on this disc. Jazz and popular music influences are to the fore in the young Leonard Bernstein’s Clarinet Sonata , which foreshadows the music for his ever-popular West Side Story. Aaron Copland’s arrangement for clarinet of his Violin Sonata is a major addition to the repertoire.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,February 2009

Emma Johnson is the UK’s best known and most charismatic clarinettist, an unending appetite for appearances throughout the country being fitted into a busy diary around the world. One of the early winners of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, she has since had many works composed for her, Johnny Dankworth’s For Emma, being one of considerable charm. Better known as a jazz musician, Dankworth shapes the five movements in ‘classical’ style and sounds so typically British. Johnson is a performer who colours music with thought and sensitivity, and Bernstein’s Sonata lives or dies on those criteria. She never uses that squeaky tone at the top end of the instrument that has become fashionable to heighten impact, but

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