David Shifrin & Friends - works by Copland, Hartke, Kernis and Zwilich / Chamber Music Northwest

> Sextet - I. Allegro vivace
> Sextet - II. Lento
> Sextet - III. Finale
> The Horse with the Lavender Eye - I. Music of the Left
> The Horse with the Lavender Eye - II. The Servant of 2 Masters
> The Horse with the Lavender Eye - III. Waltzing at the Abyss
> The Horse with the Lavender Eye - IV. Cancel My Rumba Lesson
> Trio in Red - I. Orange Circle, Yellow Line
> Trio in Red - II. Red Whirl
> Clarinet Concerto - I. —
> Clarinet Concerto - II. Elegy: September 11
> Clarinet Concerto - III. —
> Clarinet Concerto - IV. —

Album Summary

>Copland, Aaron : Sextet, for clarinet, piano & string quartet (arr. of Symphony no 2)
>Hartke, Stephen : The Horse with the Lavender Eye, episodes (4) for violin, clarinet & piano
>Kernis, Aaron J. : Trio in Red, for clarinet, cello & piano
>Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe : Concerto for Clarinet
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

'... a score truly inspired by a tragic event (9/11) and one that is likely to transcend it.' - Peter G. Davis, New York Magazine Thus did a leading critic sum up the remarkable Concerto for Clarinet (chamber orchestra version) by Ellen Taafe Zwilich, one of America's cutting-edge contemporary composers. And this is but one of this release's four vibrant modern chamber works for clarinet and various chamber ensembles by major composers: music that greatly enriches the modern chamber repertoire. Filling out the fascinating program are Aaron Copland's brisk and brainy Sextet for Clarinet, Piano and String Quartet, Stephen Hartke's delightfully wacky The Horse with the Lavender Eye, and Aaron Jay Kernis' richly evocative Trio in Red. The performers - all among the finest soloists and chamber artists anywhere - are drawn from the ranks of Chamber Music Northwest and its legendary director, renowned clarinet virtuoso David Shifrin.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
The performances are professional and convincing. Shifrin and his colleagues tackle each score with all their technical and artistic resources, embracing the thorny and aggressive as well as shaping moments of breathtaking beauty and sadness. Some clarinetists may wish for more fluidity and resonance in Shifrin's playing, but his musicianship and leadership are always on display, and his rendition of the Zwilich should ensure its place in every clarinetist's library.



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Works Details

>Copland, Aaron : Sextet, for clarinet, piano & string quartet (arr. of Symphony no 2)
  • Performers: Ani Kavafian (Violin); Paul Neubauer (Viola); Anne-Marie McDermott (Piano); Ida Kavafian (Violin); Fred Sherry (Cello); David Shifrin (Clarinet)
  • Ensemble: Chamber Music Northwest
  • Running Time: 14 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1937

>Hartke, Stephen : The Horse with the Lavender Eye, episodes (4) for violin, clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Anne-Marie McDermott (Piano); Daniel Phillips (Violin); David Shifrin (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, Portland, OR (07/26/2002-07/27/2002)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Kernis, Aaron J. : Trio in Red, for clarinet, cello & piano
  • Performers: Anne-Marie McDermott (Piano); Fred Sherry (Cello); David Shifrin (Clarinet)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York (12/05/2001-12/06/2001)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2001

>Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe : Concerto for Clarinet
  • Performers: Todd Phillips (Viola); John Largess (Viola); Niel DePonte (Percussion); Ani Kavafian (Violin); Tara O'Connor (Flute); Julie Feves (Bassoon); Cornelia Heard (Violin); Catherine Cho (Violin); Theodore Arm (Violin); John Cox (Horn); Sally Kuhns (Cornet); Daniel Ching (Violin); Joshua Gindele (Cello); Edgar Meyer (Double Bass); William Purvis (Horn); Fred Sherry (Cello); David Shifrin (Clarinet); Allan Vogel (Oboe); Sandy Yamamoto (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ransom Wilson
  • Notes: Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, Portland, OR (07/22/2004-07/23/2004)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2001-2002
  • Studio/Live: Live