Notes & Reviews:
This ten-track, single-disc overview of the clarinet in a 20th c. contemporary musical context offers up performances and interpretations by the skilled Italian virtuoso and avant-garde music specialist Josè Daniel Cirigliano. These works, all but one by Italian composers and all heard in world premiere recordings, exploit the many timbral and expressive variations the instrument is capable of in the hands of a master. Among the featured composers, both living and deceased, is famed Italian modernist Luciano Berio (1925-2003).
American Record Guide, January/February 2015
The concert is an interesting and sometimes entertaining array of disjunct themes, abstract harmonies, and hair-raising sound effects. Cirigliano tackles each selection with zest and commitment, and he meets every traditional and non-traditional obstacle. Most of the time he respects the limits of his set-up. The Tirincanti has a jazzy flavor that makes it a nice treat at the end.