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Luminous Shade - workds by Bozza, Hofmeyr, Rheinberger, Martino, Benjamin, Negrea / Maria du Toit, clarinet; Nina Schumann, piano

Audio Samples

>Bozza, Eugène : Boucolique, for clarinet & piano
>Hofmeyr, Hendrik : Canto Notturno, for clarinet & piano
>Rheinberger, Joseph : Sonata for clarinet & piano in E flat major, Op. 105a
>Martino, Donald : A Set for clarinet solo
>Benjamin, Arthur : Le Tombeau de Ravel for clarinet & piano, "Valse-Caprices"
>Negrea, Martian : Martie, for clarinet & piano
>Bassi, Luigi : Fantaisie brillante (Fantasia di concerto) on Verdi's "Rigoletto," for clarinet & piano

Album Summary

>Bozza, Eugène : Boucolique, for clarinet & piano
>Hofmeyr, Hendrik : Canto Notturno, for clarinet & piano
>Rheinberger, Joseph : Sonata for clarinet & piano in E flat major, Op. 105a
>Martino, Donald : A Set for clarinet solo
>Benjamin, Arthur : Le Tombeau de Ravel for clarinet & piano, "Valse-Caprices"
>Negrea, Martian : Martie, for clarinet & piano
>Bassi, Luigi : Fantaisie brillante (Fantasia di concerto) on Verdi's "Rigoletto," for clarinet & piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Western art music tradition in South Africa is perhaps not well-known internationally but a rich tradition of excellence is evidenced by this recording: recorded and produced in South Africa and featuring South African artists. Clarinetist Maria du Toit takes the listener on a journey with her Luminous Shade project. Beginning with Bozza's Paris, through Hofmeyr's South Africa, Rheinberger's Germany, Martino's USA, Negrea's Romania and Bassi's Italy. By turns lyrical and virtuosic, du Toit and her collaborator, pianist Nina Schumann, open up the often elusive clarinet sound to its full depth and breadth.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
Schumann is an excellent pianist, but she comes across as an accompanist rather than an artistic collaborator. Apart from a few brilliant moments, she declines to compete with Du Toit for presence on the stage. The music deserves more.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (11/14/2011-11/17/2011).



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Works Details

>Eugène Bozza (1905 - 1991) : Boucolique, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Maria Toit (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (11/14/2011-11/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Hofmeyr, Hendrik : Canto Notturno, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Maria Toit (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (11/14/2011-11/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rheinberger, Joseph : Sonata for clarinet & piano in E flat major, Op. 105a
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Maria Toit (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (11/14/2011-11/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Martino, Donald : A Set for clarinet solo
  • Performer: Maria Toit (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (11/14/2011-11/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1954

>Benjamin, Arthur : Le Tombeau de Ravel for clarinet & piano, "Valse-Caprices"
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Maria Toit (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (11/14/2011-11/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Negrea, Martian : Martie, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Maria Toit (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (11/14/2011-11/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bassi, Luigi : Fantaisie brillante (Fantasia di concerto) on Verdi's "Rigoletto," for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Nina Schumann (Piano); Maria Toit (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (11/14/2011-11/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic