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David Bruce (1914-1976): Gumboots; Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet / Julian Bliss, clarinet, Carducci String Quartet

Album Summary

>Bruce, David [Composer] : Gumboots, for clarinet & string quartet
>Brahms, Johannes : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op.115
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The two works on this release are highly contrasting- Johannes Brahms's Clarinet Quintet and David Bruce's Gumboots. David Bruce describes his inspiration for Gumboots: "... it was born out of the brutal labor conditions in South Africa under Apartheid, in which black miners were chained together and wore Gumboots while they worked in the flooded gold mines... slapping the boots and chains was used by the workers as a form of communication which was otherwise banned... this later developed into a form of dance." Clarinetist Julian Bliss performs here alongside the Carducci Quartet.

The Guardian, 12th May 2016
The joyous rhythmic barrage of the finale could almost be out of a Falla ballet. Brahms's Op 115 Clarinet Quintet is an odd counterweight; Bliss and the Carducci Quartet offer a worthwhile, well-balanced performance with especial spark in the third movement.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2016
Here's a double delight. First, an engaging new work which deserves a place in the chamber repertory; second, a passionate account of Brahms's Clarinet Quintet which can hold its head high against starrier competition... Bliss is in his element... for forthright Brahms and a toe-tapping new work, this is strongly recommended.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk (05/01/2015-05/03/2015).



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>Bruce, David [Composer] : Gumboots, for clarinet & string quartet
  • Performer: Julian Bliss (Clarinet)
  • Ensemble: Carducci String Quartet
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk (05/01/2015-05/03/2015)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 02/2008-09/2008

>Brahms, Johannes : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op.115
  • Performer: Julian Bliss (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk (05/01/2015-05/03/2015)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1891