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L. Bernstein: Clarinet Sonata / Manasse

Audio Samples

>Novacek, John [Piano] : Four Rags for Two Jons, for clarinet & piano
>D'Rivera, Paquito : The Cape Cod Files, for clarinet & piano
>Bernstein, Leonard : Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
>Gershwin, George : Preludes (3) for piano
>Gershwin, George : Girl Crazy

Album Summary

>Novacek, John [Piano] : Four Rags for Two Jons, for clarinet & piano
>D'Rivera, Paquito : The Cape Cod Files, for clarinet & piano
>Bernstein, Leonard : Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
>Gershwin, George : Preludes (3) for piano
>Gershwin, George : Girl Crazy
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

“Jon Manasse’s beautiful legato and Jon Nakamatsu’s incisive pianism are a delight.”–The Sunday Times

Acclaimed duo partners Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu turn their attention to American composers in this jazz-inflected program of music for clarinet and piano. Bernstein’s sonata was his fi rst published work. It is a stylish blend of neo-classical formalism and Bernstein’s keen understanding of popular sensibilities. Gershwin is represented here in two arrangements by James Cohn, first of the evergreen Preludes for piano, followed by a transcription of the iconic song I Got Rhythm from the musical Girl Crazy as the disc’s encore. Also featured are two world premiere recordings – John Novacek’s 4 Rags for 2 Jons, a modern take on the style made popular by Scott Joplin, and jazz clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera’s The Cape Cod Files, written in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Cape Cod Chamber Music festival, of which Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu are Artistic Co-Directors.

The Independent
The clarinet and piano combination employed by "the two Jons" offers the quintessential jazz-age flavour reflecting the self-confidence of the US in the early 20th century.

International Record Review
Manasse and Nakamatsu find an expressiveness in the music that is rather haunting...[Manasse's] tone is consistently ravishing, and he always plays with an exciting sense of musical direction and purpose...If it's the Bernstein Sonata that's of particular interest, then Manasse and Nakamatsu give what is certainly the best modern performance I've heard

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY (12/2009).



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Works Details

>Novacek, John [Piano] : Four Rags for Two Jons, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Jon Manasse (Clarinet); Jon Nakamatsu (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>D'Rivera, Paquito : The Cape Cod Files, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Jon Manasse (Clarinet); Jon Nakamatsu (Piano)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Bernstein, Leonard : Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
  • Performers: Jon Nakamatsu (Piano); Jon Manasse (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Gershwin, George : Preludes (3) for piano
  • Performers: Jon Manasse (Clarinet); Jon Nakamatsu (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Gershwin, George : Girl Crazy
  • Performers: Jon Manasse (Clarinet); Jon Nakamatsu (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930