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Francaix & Prokofiev: Works for Oboe / Shirley Brill

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>Francaix, Jean [Composer] : Concerto for clarinet & orchestra with strings, harp & piano
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata in D major, Op. 94
>Francaix, Jean [Composer] : Tema con Variazioni for clarinet & 11 strings

Album Summary

>Francaix, Jean [Composer] : Concerto for clarinet & orchestra with strings, harp & piano
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata in D major, Op. 94
>Francaix, Jean [Composer] : Tema con Variazioni for clarinet & 11 strings
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Clarinetist Shirley Brill studied with Sabine Meyer at the Musikhochschule Lübeck and with Richard Stoltzman at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Her career was launched with a performance as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. She has since performed around the world, both as a soloist and with pianist Jonathan Aner as part of the Brillaner Duo, playing in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall and the Beethoven-Haus. On her first recording for Aparté (and her first with an orchestra), Brill presents a selection of fine but rarely recorded works. Its release is intended to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Jean Françaix (1912-1997).

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
Brill and the orchestra give solid performances, even if they are not ground-breaking. Despite her resistant German equipment, Brill has a clear sound, and she skillfully interacts with the orchestra, fading into the background when required, then bursting forth with a brisk soloist personality. She phrases nicely; boasts a remarkable gamut of dynamics, including quadruple pianissimos; and handles all the finger-breaking passages with breathtaking facility. At the same time, her approach is somewhat conservative. She often limits herself to one or two colors, never fully exploring the expressive potential of the music; and she rarely offers a vision or drive that grabs the listener and demands attention. The orchestra is reliable and even with some scrappy playing manages the scores well and serves as a good foil to the guest artist.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Radio Concert Hall, Bucharest, Romania (09/27/2010-10/01/2010).



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Works Details

>Jean Françaix (Composer) (1912 - 1997) : Concerto for clarinet & orchestra with strings, harp & piano
  • Performer: Shirley Brill (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Adrian Morar
  • Ensemble: National Radio Orchestra of Romania
  • Notes: Radio Concert Hall, Bucharest, Romania (09/27/2010-10/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1968

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata in D major, Op. 94
  • Performer: Shirley Brill (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Adrian Morar
  • Notes: Radio Concert Hall, Bucharest, Romania (09/27/2010-10/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1943

>Jean Françaix (Composer) (1912 - 1997) : Tema con Variazioni for clarinet & 11 strings
  • Performer: Shirley Brill (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Adrian Morar
  • Notes: Radio Concert Hall, Bucharest, Romania (09/27/2010-10/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978