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James Scott Balentine: 'Wild Exotic Dances' - Music for Clarinet / Robert Walzel, clarinet; Steven Glaser, piano; Scott Walzel, basson; Texas Clarinet Consort

Album Summary

>Balentine, James Scott : Nine Wild Exotic Dances, for clarinet & piano
>Balentine, James Scott : March, Strathspey and Reel, for clarinet & piano
>Balentine, James Scott : The Charlie Effect, for clarinet, bass clarinet & piano
>Balentine, James Scott : In a Bright Room, for clarinet & bassoon
>Balentine, James Scott : The Ghost of Eric Dolphy, for clarinet ensemble
>Balentine, James Scott : Monk, Through a Glass Darkly, for clarinet ensemble
>Balentine, James Scott : Spirituals (3), for clarinet ensemble
>Balentine, James Scott : A Toot in Ninesia, for clarinet ensemble
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Composer by character and performer by temperament, James Scott Balentine brings a complex mix of multicultural and eclectic experiences to his music. Professor of Music at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Balentine has received awards, grants and commissions from the Barlow Endowment, the Opera Guild of San Antonio, and many chamber ensembles and soloists. For this recording, clarinetist Robert Walzel has assembled works for clarinet and piano; clarinet and bassoon; and clarinet ensemble. Most of these works have received performances at the annual ClarinetFest conferences that take place around the world. Performer Robert Walzel has been featured at music festivals and other venues around the world for more than 25 years and was principal clarinet of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra before becoming Dean of the School of Music at the University of Kansas.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
The overall project is mixed. Balentine's classical compositions have strong rhythmic appeal. His jazz-inspired scores are very thoughtful and enjoyable, and clarinet aficionados should be eager to add them to their libraries. The performers give satisfactory efforts, rendering each work with excellent technical facility and good dynamic range. They rarely make defining statements. Scott Walzel has a big sound. The Texas Clarinet Consort manages six different timbres fairly well, and in chorale textures the group has the resonance of a large reed organ.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Lied Center of Kanses, Lawrence, Kanses (04/14/2013).



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Works Details

>Balentine, James Scott : Nine Wild Exotic Dances, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Steve Glaser (Piano); Robert Walzel (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Balentine, James Scott : March, Strathspey and Reel, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Steve Glaser (Piano); Robert Walzel (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Balentine, James Scott : The Charlie Effect, for clarinet, bass clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Steve Glaser (Piano); Robert Walzel (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Libby Gardner Concert Hall, Salt Lake City Utah (07/14/2003-07/15/2003)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Balentine, James Scott : In a Bright Room, for clarinet & bassoon
  • Performers: Robert Walzel (Clarinet); Scott Walzel (Bassoon)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Balentine, James Scott : The Ghost of Eric Dolphy, for clarinet ensemble
  • Ensemble: Texas Clarinet Consort
  • Notes: Libby Gardner Concert Hall, Salt Lake City, Utah (07/14/2003-07/15/2003)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Balentine, James Scott : Monk, Through a Glass Darkly, for clarinet ensemble
  • Ensemble: Texas Clarinet Consort
  • Notes: Libby Gardner Concert Hall, Salt Lake City, Utah (07/14/2003-07/15/2003)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Balentine, James Scott : Spirituals (3), for clarinet ensemble
  • Ensemble: Texas Clarinet Consort
  • Notes: Libby Gardner Concert Hall, Salt Lake City, Utah (07/14/2003-07/15/2003)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Balentine, James Scott : A Toot in Ninesia, for clarinet ensemble
  • Ensemble: Texas Clarinet Consort
  • Notes: Libby Gardner Concert Hall, Salt Lake City, Utah (07/14/2003-07/15/2003)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996