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Gerald Cohen: Sea of Reeds - Works for Clarinet and Chamber Ensemble / Vasko dukovski & Ismail Lumanovski, clarinets; Jennifer Choi, violin

Album Summary

>Cohen, Gerald : Variously Blue, for clarinet, violin & piano
>Cohen, Gerald : Sea of Reeds, songs (5) for 2 clarinets & piano
>Cohen, Gerald : Yedid Nefesh, for clarinet, viola & piano
>Cohen, Gerald : Grneta Variations, for 2 clarinets & piano
>Unspecified : [CD-ROM Track]
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Composer Gerald Cohen calls the clarinet, a distinguished voice in many musical genres, one of his favorite instruments. Through his affinity, the composer’s debut Navona release, Sea Of Reeds, presents works featuring the clarinet in varied trio settings. His compositions explore the clarinet’s colorful personality with his use of classical, Jewish and folk motifs as well as choral harmonies. A faculty member of the cantorial schools of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College, Gramophone Magazine has hailed Mr. Cohen for his “linguistic fluidity and melodic gift.”

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Joan brings wonderful clarity to the keyboard all through, and Lambros plays a lovely warm viola in Yedid Nefesh. Lumanovski respect the limits of their soft reeds. They infuse the music with palpable energy, and their vivid phrasing fits the composer's aesthetic perfectly.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Oktaven Studios, Yonkers, NY (2011-05-04&2011-07-15&2012-).



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>Cohen, Gerald : Variously Blue, for clarinet, violin & piano
  • Performers: Jennifer Choi (Violin); Vasko Dukovski (Clarinet); Alexandra Joan (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Grneta Ensemble
  • Notes: Oktaven Studios, Yonkers, NY (2011-05-04&2011-07-15&2012-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Cohen, Gerald : Sea of Reeds, songs (5) for 2 clarinets & piano
  • Performers: Vasko Dukovski (Clarinet); Alexandra Joan (Piano); Ismail Lumanovski (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Oktaven Studios, Yonkers, NY (2011-05-04&2011-07-15&2012-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2009

>Cohen, Gerald : Yedid Nefesh, for clarinet, viola & piano
  • Performers: Vasko Dukovski (Clarinet); Alexandra Joan (Piano); Maria Lambros (Viola)
  • Notes: Oktaven Studios, Yonkers, NY (2011-05-04&2011-07-15&2012-)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Cohen, Gerald : Grneta Variations, for 2 clarinets & piano
  • Performers: Vasko Dukovski (Clarinet); Alexandra Joan (Piano); Ismail Lumanovski (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Oktaven Studios, Yonkers, NY (2011-05-04&2011-07-15&2012-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Unspecified : [CD-ROM Track]
  • Notes: Oktaven Studios, Yonkers, NY (2011-05-04&2011-07-15&2012-)
  • Period Time: Modern