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Common Ground - Jazz interpretaions of Brahms, Gershwin, Paganini et al. / Wolak, Donnelly

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Clarinet & Piano, Op. 120/1
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Flight of the Bumblebee
>Yadzinski, Edward : A Paganini, for clarinet
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
>Abreu, Zequinha de : Tico-Tico no Fubá,a for voice & ensemble
>Gershwin, George : Work(s)
>Peterson, Oscar : Hymn to Freedom
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Notes & Reviews:

Polish-born classical clarinetist Kornel Wolak (Quarteto Gelato) and Canadian jazz pianist/composer Chris Donnelly (The Myriad 3) create a jazz meets classical fusion and something intriguingly fresh and new is formed.

The material featured on COMMON GROUND covers a vast expanse of musical terrain, all explored in a manner that is both accessible and adventurous. It is fair to assume that no other recording out there features interpretations of Brahms (two of the four movements of "Sonata"), Gershwin, Rimsky-Korsakov's unforgettable "Flight Of The Bumblebee" and Oscar Peterson (the lyrical "Hymn To Freedom") on the one disc.

A unifying thread to all the pieces is their melodic beauty.

Extensive recent touring in Western Canada was enthusiastically received, and you can be sure the release of the richly compelling COMMON GROUND will further fuel demand for them in concert.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Drive Shed, Toronto, Canada.



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Clarinet & Piano, Op. 120/1 :: 1. Allegro appassionato
  • Performers: Chris Donnelly (Piano); Kornel Wolak (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Flight of the Bumblebee
  • Performers: Chris Donnelly (Piano); Kornel Wolak (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Yadzinski, Edward : A Paganini, for clarinet
  • Performer: Kornel Wolak (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
  • Performers: Chris Donnelly (Piano); Kornel Wolak (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Abreu, Zequinha de : Tico-Tico no Fubá,á for voice & ensemble
  • Performers: Chris Donnelly (Piano); Kornel Wolak (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Gershwin, George : Work(s) :: Porgy & Bess Medley
  • Performers: Chris Donnelly (Piano); Kornel Wolak (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Clarinet & Piano, Op. 120/1 :: 4. Vivace
  • Performers: Chris Donnelly (Piano); Kornel Wolak (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Peterson, Oscar : Hymn to Freedom
  • Performer: Chris Donnelly (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern