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Ebony and Ivory: works by Nichifor, Horovitz, Lutoslawski, Cooke Arnold / Andrew Simon, clarinet; Warren Lee, piano

Album Summary

>Nichifor, Serban : Dances (2) for Andrew Simon, for clarinet & piano
>Horovitz, Joseph : Majorcan Pieces (2) for clarinet & piano
>Horovitz, Joseph : Sonatina for clarinet & piano
>Horovitz, Joseph : Diversions on a Familiar Theme, for clarinet & piano
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Dance Preludes (5) for clarinet & piano
>Cooke, Arnold : Sonata for clarinet & piano in B flat major
>Arnold, Malcolm : Sonatina for clarinet & piano, Op. 29
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Notes & Reviews:

This fascinating and wide-ranging program of 20th century works for clarinet and piano begins with the jazz and folk-inspired Two Dances for Andrew Simon by the Romanian composer Serban Nichifor, followed by a selection of works by Joseph Horovitz with whom both artists worked closely prior to this recording. Based on folk-songs from Northern Poland, Lutoslawski's Dance Preludes are the composer's official 'farewell to folklore for an indefinite period,' and the recital concludes with Arnold Cooke's Hindemith-inspired Sonata and Malcolm Arnold's accessible and light-hearted Sonatina.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
The recital is engaging. Simon plays with infectious energy and personality, and he meets every technical challenge, especially in the hair-raising Nichifor. Lee is an excellent keyboardist, taking great delight in his solo passages.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (11/21/2012-11/23/2012).



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>Nichifor, Serban : Dances (2) for Andrew Simon, for clarinet & piano
  • Performer: Andrew Simon (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (11/21/2012-11/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Horovitz, Joseph : Majorcan Pieces (2) for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Warren Lee (Piano); Andrew Simon (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (11/21/2012-11/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Horovitz, Joseph : Sonatina for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Warren Lee (Piano); Andrew Simon (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (11/21/2012-11/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1981

>Horovitz, Joseph : Diversions on a Familiar Theme, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Warren Lee (Piano); Andrew Simon (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (11/21/2012-11/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1997

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Dance Preludes (5) for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Warren Lee (Piano); Andrew Simon (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (11/21/2012-11/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Cooke, Arnold : Sonata for clarinet & piano in B flat major
  • Performers: Warren Lee (Piano); Andrew Simon (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (11/21/2012-11/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Arnold, Malcolm : Sonatina for clarinet & piano, Op. 29
  • Performers: Warren Lee (Piano); Andrew Simon (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (11/21/2012-11/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951