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Rhapsodie: 20th-Century Clarinet Classics by Finzi; Bernstein; Bartok; Debussy; Ravel; Libby Larsen; Bela Kovacs; Paquito d'Rivera / Todd Levy, clarinet; Jeannie Yu, piano; Rene Izquierdo, guitar

Audio Samples

  1. Rhapsodie — Five Bagatelles: I. Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Rhapsodie — Five Bagatelles: II. Romance $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Rhapsodie — Five Bagatelles: III. Carol $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Rhapsodie — Five Bagatelles: IV. Forlana $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Rhapsodie — Five Bagatelles: V. Fughetta $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Rhapsodie — Sonata for Clarinet and Piano: I. Grazioso $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Rhapsodie — Sonata for Clarinet and Piano: II. Andantino e vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Rhapsodie — Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56 (Arr. for Clarinet & Piano): I. Joc cu bâtă $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Rhapsodie — Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56 (Arr. for Clarinet & Piano): II. Brâul $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Rhapsodie — Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56 (Arr. for Clarinet & Piano): III. Pe loc $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Rhapsodie — Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56 (Arr. for Clarinet & Piano): IV. Buciumeana $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Rhapsodie — Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56 (Arr. for Clarinet & Piano): V. Poarga Românească $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Rhapsodie — Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56 (Arr. for Clarinet & Piano): VI. Mărunţel $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Rhapsodie — Première rhapsodie, L. 116 $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Rhapsodie — Vocalise-étude en forme de Habanera, M. 51 (Arr. for Clarinet & Piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Rhapsodie — Blue Third Pieces for Clarinet and Guitar: I. Deep Blue $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Rhapsodie — Blue Third Pieces for Clarinet and Guitar: II. Salt Peanuts $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Rhapsodie — Sholem-alekhem, rov Feidman! $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Rhapsodie — Hommage à Manuel De Falla $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Rhapsodie — Vals Venezolano $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Rhapsodie — Tributo a Lecuona $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Rhapsodie — Contradanza $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Bagatelles (5) for clarinet & piano, Op. 23
>Bernstein, Leonard : Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
>Bartók, Béla : Romanian Folkdances (6) for Piano, Sz 56
>Debussy, Claude : Premiere Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Orchestra
>Ravel, Maurice : Pièce en forme de Habañera
>Larsen, Libby : Blue Third Pieces, for flute & guitar
>Kovács, Béla [Clarinet] : Sholem-alekhem, rov Feidman!, for clarinet
>Kovács, Béla [Clarinet] : Hommage to Manuel de Falla for clarinet in A major
>D'Rivera, Paquito : Vals Venezolano, for clarinet & piano
>D'Rivera, Paquito : Tributo a Lecuona, for clarinet
>D'Rivera, Paquito : Contradanza for clarinet & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Grammy Award-winning clarinetist Todd Levy, who holds the principal chairs with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Santa Fe Opera, presents Rhapsodie, an astonishing array of classic 20th century works for his instrument. The rich palette of colors and immense versatility of the clarinet is on full display in impressionistic Debussy and Ravel, Cubanisto-style Bernstein, pastoral Finzi, the folk idioms of Bartok, klezmer inspiration by Bela Kovacs, blues-infected Libby Larsen and genre-bending Paquito D'Rivera. Todd's technical wizardry is flawless throughout and is matched by his collaborators, pianists Jeannie Wu and Elena Abend, and guitarist Rene Izquierd. Todd Levy has received critical acclaim throughout his career. "It takes but a single solo at a Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert to fall under the spell of principal clarinetist Todd Levy's fluid tone and expressive phrasing. In his new CD, Brahms/Schumannn... the Avie label has given the classical music world compelling evidence of an artistic treasure that belongs to Milwaukee." (Milwaukee Magazine)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Tanner-Monagle Studios, Milwaukee, WI (05/05/2009); The Exchange Recording Complex, Milwaukee, WI (05/05/2009); Tanner-Monagle Studios, Milwaukee, WI (05/09/2016-05/10/2016); The Exchange Recording Complex, Milwaukee, WI (05/09/2016-05/10/2016); Tanner-Monagle Studios, Milwaukee, WI (05/2010); The Exchange Recording Complex, Milwaukee, WI (05/2010); Tanner-Monagle Studios, Milwaukee, WI (06/01/2006); The Exchange Recording Complex, Milwaukee, WI (06/01/2006); Tanner-Monagle Studios, Milwaukee, WI (11/14/2011/12/05/2011); The Exchange Recording Complex, Milwaukee, WI (11/14/2011/12/05/2011).



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Works Details

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Bagatelles (5) for clarinet & piano, Op. 23
  • Performers: Elena Abend (Piano); Rene Izquierdo (Guitar); Todd Levy (Clarinet); Jeannie Yu (Piano)
  • Notes: Tanner-Monagle Studios, Milwaukee, WI (11/14/2011/12/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1941-1943

>Bernstein, Leonard : Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
  • Performers: Todd Levy (Clarinet); Jeannie Yu (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Bartók, Béla : Romanian Folkdances (6) for Piano, Sz 56
  • Performers: Todd Levy (Clarinet); Jeannie Yu (Piano)
  • Notes: Tanner-Monagle Studios, Milwaukee, WI (05/09/2016-05/10/2016)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1915

>Debussy, Claude : Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Performers: Elena Abend (Piano); Todd Levy (Clarinet); Jeannie Yu
  • Running Time: 8 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909-1910

>Ravel, Maurice : Pièce en forme de Habañera
  • Performers: Todd Levy (Clarinet); Jeannie Yu (Piano)
  • Notes: Tanner-Monagle Studios, Milwaukee, WI (05/09/2016-05/10/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1907

>Larsen, Libby : Blue Third Pieces, for flute & guitar
  • Performers: Rene Izquierdo (Guitar); Todd Levy (Clarinet); Jeannie Yu
  • Running Time: 7 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Kovács, Béla [Clarinet] : Sholem-alekhem, rov Feidman!, for clarinet
  • Performers: Todd Levy (Clarinet); Jeannie Yu (Piano)
  • Notes: Tanner-Monagle Studios, Milwaukee, WI (05/09/2016-05/10/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Kovács, Béla [Clarinet] : Hommage to Manuel de Falla for clarinet in A major
  • Performers: Todd Levy (Clarinet); Jeannie Yu
  • Notes: Tanner-Monagle Studios, Milwaukee, WI (05/09/2016-05/10/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>D'Rivera, Paquito : Vals Venezolano, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Todd Levy (Clarinet); Jeannie Yu (Piano)
  • Notes: Tanner-Monagle Studios, Milwaukee, WI (05/09/2016-05/10/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Waltz

>D'Rivera, Paquito : Tributo a Lecuona, for clarinet
  • Performers: Todd Levy (Clarinet); Jeannie Yu
  • Notes: Tanner-Monagle Studios, Milwaukee, WI (05/09/2016-05/10/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>D'Rivera, Paquito : Contradanza for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Todd Levy (Clarinet); Jeannie Yu (Piano)
  • Notes: Tanner-Monagle Studios, Milwaukee, WI (05/09/2016-05/10/2016)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary