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'Brave New World' - Prokofiev: Flute Sonata; Hindemith: Clarinet Sonata; Rota: Sonata; Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes / Emma Johnson, clarinet

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for flute (or violin) & piano in D major, Op. 94
>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for clarinet & piano in B flat major
>Rota, Nino : Sonata for clarinet & piano in D major
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Dance Preludes (5) for clarinet & piano
>MessiaenOlivier : Quatuor pour la fin du temps
>MessiaenOlivier : Vocalise-étude, for soprano & piano (orchestrated as II mvt. of "Concert à quatre"), I/15
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Notes & Reviews:

Acclaimed clarinetist Emma Johnson's new release explores music composed against a background of war taking a cue from the title of Aldous Huxley's 1931 novel 'Brave New World'. Emma has arranged Prokofiev's elegant neoclassical Flute Sonata Op. 94 (1943) for clarinet and piano - a world premiere recording. Hindemith's Clarinet Sonata (1939) is haunted by the shadow of war. "... its pastoral opening interrupted by military motifs, its mischievous scherzo continually beaten into submission. I find the slow movement one of the most despairing pieces in all of Hindemith's work" writes Emma. Nina Rota's Sonata (1945) in three movements "seems to be intent on beguiling us with a vision of hope for the future." Messiaen's Abîme des oiseaux (or 'Abyss of Birds') from the 'Quartet for the End of Time' finds, by contrast, beauty in desolation with its sadness, its weariness. Emma Johnson OBE is one of few clarinetists to have established a busy solo career which has taken her to major European, American and Asian venues as well as to Africa and Australasia. Emma grew up in London and in 1984 she won BBC Young Musician of the Year. Early successes launched her career whilst she was still at school but she decided to study Music and English at Cambridge University before embarking full time on a musical path. A Patron of CLIC Sargent, the childhood cancer charity Emma was also the first woman to be made an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge and was honored by the Queen with an M.B.E. in 1996

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Johnson boasts her trademark expressive personality. The English timbre emphasizes the outer edges over the inner core, a trait that requires great skill and awareness to manage. She handles calm and reserved passages decently. Lenehan is a fine keyboardist and displays admirable technical command. He also has the artistic knowledge to enhance the music and meet every nuance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (06/03/2013-06/05/2013).



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>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for flute (or violin) & piano in D major, Op. 94
  • Performers: Emma Johnson (Clarinet); John Lenehan (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (06/03/2013-06/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for clarinet & piano in B flat major
  • Performers: Emma Johnson (Clarinet); John Lenehan (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (06/03/2013-06/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Rota, Nino : Sonata for clarinet & piano in D major
  • Performer: Emma Johnson (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (06/03/2013-06/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Dance Preludes (5) for clarinet & piano
  • Performer: Emma Johnson (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (06/03/2013-06/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>MessiaenOlivier : Quatuor pour la fin du temps :: Abîme des Oiseaux
  • Performer: Emma Johnson (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (06/03/2013-06/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1940-1941

>MessiaenOlivier : Vocalise-étude, for soprano & piano (orchestrated as II mvt. of "Concert à quatre"), I/15
  • Performer: Emma Johnson (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (06/03/2013-06/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935