After You, Mr. Gershwin / Kovacs, D'Rivera, Mercure, Moisan, Saulnier

Audio Samples

>Kovacs, Bela [Clarinet] : After You, Mr. Gershwin!, for clarinet & piano
>D'Rivera, Paquito : Cape Cod Files Sonata, for clarinet & piano
>Mercure, Daniel : Pour mon ami Leon, for clarinet & piano
>Horovitz, Joseph : Sonatina for clarinet & piano
>Muczynski, Robert : Time Pieces, for clarinet & piano, Op. 43
>Mower, Mike : Sonata for clarinet & piano

Album Summary

>Kovacs, Bela [Clarinet] : After You, Mr. Gershwin!, for clarinet & piano
>D'Rivera, Paquito : Cape Cod Files Sonata, for clarinet & piano
>Mercure, Daniel : Pour mon ami Leon, for clarinet & piano
>Horovitz, Joseph : Sonatina for clarinet & piano
>Muczynski, Robert : Time Pieces, for clarinet & piano, Op. 43
>Mower, Mike : Sonata for clarinet & piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"I have enormous respect for clarinetists, like Benny Goodman and so many others, who were able to stimulate composers to cross over the border separating jazz from the more 'classical' world, and provoke the emergence of a new genre." - André Moisan After you, Mr. Gershwin! is inspired mainly by jazz and great jazzmen - especially by Benny Goodman. Composer Bélà Kovács clearly announces his intentions in his title: After You, Mr. Gershwin! There can be no doubt that it was Gershwin who sealed the union between the two styles, - jazz and classical - by opening his Rhapsody in Blue with its celebrated clarinet solo

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
The performance is highly professional, sizzling with energy, color, superb technique, exquisite phrasing, and an intimate knowledge of style and genre. Moisan boasts a resonant and flexible sound, blazing fingers, thrilling glissandos, and an excellent command of special effects such as growling, slap-tongue, and multiphonics. He offers authoritative interpretations of the Kovacs, the D'Rivera, and the Mower; and he gives the Horowitz a jazzy spin that is both suitable and refreshing. His reed comes across as a little soft, notably in the Muczysnki, where the classical framework requires proper control, but for the most part, he handles it well. Saulnier is just as impressive, tackling each score with artistic intent, and he takes the listener to lonely beaches, bookish coffee houses, and smoky Prohibitionera bars with ease and delight.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salle Françoys-Bernier, Domaine Forget Saint-Irénée (Qu (09/2011).



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Works Details

>Béla Kovács (Clarinet) (1937 - ) : After You, Mr. Gershwin!, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Jean Saulnier (Piano); Andre Moisan (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2004

>D'Rivera, Paquito : Cape Cod Files Sonata, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Jean Saulnier (Piano); Andre Moisan (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Mercure, Daniel : Pour mon ami Léon, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Jean Saulnier (Piano); Andre Moisan (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Horovitz, Joseph : Sonatina for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Andre Moisan (Clarinet); Jean Saulnier (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1981

>Muczynski, Robert : Time Pieces, for clarinet & piano, Op. 43
  • Performers: Jean Saulnier (Piano); Andre Moisan (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1982-1983

>Mower, Mike : Sonata for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Jean Saulnier (Piano); Andre Moisan (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006