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Ireland: Sextet, Clarinet Trio / Maggini Quartet, et al

Album Summary

>Ireland, John : Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in D major [fragment]
>Ireland, John : Fantasy Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E flat major
>Ireland, John : The Holy Boy
>Ireland, John : Sextet for Clarinet, Horn and String Quartet
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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).



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>Ireland, John : Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in D major [fragment]
  • Performers: Robert Plane (Clarinet); Alice Neary (Cello); Sophia Rahman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Ireland, John : Fantasy Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E flat major
  • Performers: Robert Plane (Clarinet); Sophia Rahman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1943

>Ireland, John : The Holy Boy
  • Performers: Sophia Rahman (Piano); Robert Plane (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1913/1938

>Ireland, John : Sextet for Clarinet, Horn and String Quartet
  • Performers: David Pyatt (French Horn); Martin Outram (Viola); Lorraine McAslan (Violin); Michal Kaznowski (Cello); David Angel (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Maggini Quartet
  • Running Time: 26 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1898