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Bits and Pieces - Works for Solo Clarinet by Donizetti, Osborn, Stravinsky, Messiaen, Mandat, Sutermeister / Sean Osborn, clarinet

Audio Samples

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Study for Clarinet no 1 in B flat major
>Osborn, Sean : Bits and Pieces, for solo clarinet
>Stravinsky, Igor : Pieces (3) for Clarinet solo
>Messiaen, Olivier : Quatuor pour la fin du temps
>     Abime des oiseaux
>Mandat, Eric : Folk Songs, for clarinet
>Sutermeister, Heinrich : Capriccio in A for unaccompanied clarinet
>Osborne, Willson : Rhapsody
>Smith, William O. : Pieces (5) for clarinet alone
>Bermel, Derek : Theme and Absurdities, for clarinet
>Osborn, Sean : Character Pieces, for clarinet

Album Summary

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Study for Clarinet no 1 in B flat major
>Osborn, Sean : Bits and Pieces, for solo clarinet
>Stravinsky, Igor : Pieces (3) for Clarinet solo
>Messiaen, Olivier : Quatuor pour la fin du temps
>Mandat, Eric : Folk Songs, for clarinet
>Sutermeister, Heinrich : Capriccio in A for unaccompanied clarinet
>Osborne, Willson : Rhapsody
>Smith, William O. : Pieces (5) for clarinet alone
>Bermel, Derek : Theme and Absurdities, for clarinet
>Osborn, Sean : Character Pieces, for clarinet
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This recording is a short tour of some of the most important works in the development of the clarinet as a stand-alone instrument along with two new works by composer/clarinetist Sean Osborn that build on the works that came before. Sean Osborn has traveled the world as soloist and chamber musician, and during his 11 years with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has also appeared as guest principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and the American Symphony Orchestra. The New York Times dubbed him "...an excellent clarinetist," the Boston Globe called him "...a miracle," and Gramophone "...a master." With more than 40 concertos in his repertoire, Sean has also recorded dozens of CDs for London, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, CRI, and others, as well as premiering works by John Adams, John Corigliano, Chen Yi, and Phillip Glass to name a few. Sean has performed at many festivals including Marlboro, Seattle Chamber Music, Aspen, Zagreb Bienalle, Pacific Rims, and Colorado. He is also an award-winning composer whose works have been played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Marlboro Music Festival, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic among others. His other recordings for Albany Records include Cyrille Rose's 32 Etudes; the Mozart Clarinet Quintet and Quartet; and a disc of music by American composers.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
Sean Osborn offers Character Pieces (2004), a dream-like pastiche of familiar tunes for five close friends, and Bits and Pieces (2011), an ear-opening five-movement study. The combinations include mouthpiece and barrel; mouthpiece, barrel, and upper joint; mouthpiece, lower joint and bell; upper joint, lower joint, and bell; and everything except the mouthpiece, which naturally requires blowing directly into the instrument's cylindrical tube. Osborn plays with great energy and personality. His blazing fingers can handle any passage, his dynamic range runs from the inaudible to the shrieking, and his catalog of extended techniques is vast and impressive. His compositions are inventive and cheeky.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jack Straw Productions, Seattle (11/2011-07/2012).



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Works Details

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Study for Clarinet no 1 in B flat major
  • Performer: Sean Osborn (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1821

>Osborn, Sean : Bits and Pieces, for solo clarinet
  • Performer: Sean Osborn (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 57 sec.
  • Written: 2011

>Stravinsky, Igor : Pieces (3) for Clarinet solo
  • Performer: Sean Osborn (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Messiaen, Olivier : Quatuor pour la fin du temps :: Abime des oiseaux
  • Performer: Sean Osborn (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1940-1941

>Mandat, Eric : Folk Songs, for clarinet
  • Performer: Sean Osborn (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Sutermeister, Heinrich : Capriccio in A for unaccompanied clarinet
  • Performer: Sean Osborn (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Osborne, Willson : Rhapsody
  • Performer: Sean Osborn (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Smith, William O. : Pieces (5) for clarinet alone
  • Performer: Sean Osborn (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Bermel, Derek : Theme and Absurdities, for clarinet
  • Performer: Sean Osborn (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Osborn, Sean : Character Pieces, for clarinet
  • Performer: Sean Osborn (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 53 sec.
  • Written: 2004