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IRELAND, J.: Sextet / Clarinet Trio / Fantasy-Sonata / The Holy Boy (Plane, Rahman, Maggini Quartet)

Composer(s):Ireland, John
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570550
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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A composition pupil of Stanford and recognised as an outstanding talent by Parry, John Ireland was inspired as a student by the music of Beethoven, Brahms and Elgar, and later by Debussy, Ravel and the early Stravinsky. This recording features the genial, Brahmsian 1898 Sextet for clarinet, French horn and string quartet, unheard in public until 1960, and a reconstruction by the Canadian clarinettist and clarinet maker Stephen Fox of the Clarinet Trio of 1912-14. Also included are Robert Plane’s transcription for clarinet and piano of Ireland’s very popular piano prelude The Holy Boy, written on Christmas Day 1913, and one of Ireland’s finest and most beautifully crafted chamber works, the Fantasy Sonata for clarinet and piano (1943).


Review By Chris Green,,March 2012

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Review By Em Marshall,Albion Magazine Online,September 2009

This disc of chamber works by John Ireland opens with the Trio in D for clarinet (Robert Plane), cello (Alice Neary) and piano (Sophia Rahman)—an unusual item, as Ireland withdrew the work after its first performance.  It has been reconstructed by the Canadian clarinetist Stephen Fox and proves a most charming work, with a wonderfully mysterious and expansive third movement. The Trio is followed by the Fantasy Sonata for clarinet and piano, Robert Plane's arrangement of the much-loved Holy Boy (also for clarinet and piano), and concludes with the most substantial work on the disc, the slightly Brahmsian Sextet for clarinet, French horn (David Pyatt), and string quartet (the Maggini Quartet), with a particularly radiant


Review By David Denton, Naxos,February 2009

The British predilection for ignoring their national composers has nowhere been more cruel than the neglect of John Ireland whose mature music should rank with the major French Impressionists. A student of Stanford at London’s Royal College of Music, his mentor’s Germanic inclinations were implanted in an impressionable young man. The Sextet for horn, clarinet and string quartet dating from his nineteenth year, and was thus influenced by his exposure to the works of Brahms. Unsure of its value the manuscript was hidden away and only revealed when the composer was eighty-one in a chance conversation with the clarinettist, Thea King. A premiere in 1960 displayed a score that was as much a personal statement as it was in debt to Brahms. In four quite



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