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Gershwin & Kern / The Alexander String Quartet, Joan Enric Lluna, clarinet

Audio Samples

>Heifetz, Jascha : Porgy & Bess Selections for Clarinet and Strings
>     Summertime
>     A Woman Is a Sometime Thing
>     Bess, You Is My Woman Now
>     It Ain't Necessarily So
>Kern, Jerome : Very Warm for May
>Kern, Jerome : Swing Time
>Kern, Jerome : Bill, song (from "Show Boat")
>Kern, Jerome : Music in the Air
>Kern, Jerome : Roberta
>Kern, Jerome : Once in a Blue Moon, song (from "Stepping Stones")
>Gershwin, George : Lullaby, for string quartet

Album Summary

>Heifetz, Jascha : Porgy & Bess Selections for Clarinet and Strings
>Kern, Jerome : Very Warm for May
>Kern, Jerome : Swing Time
>Kern, Jerome : Bill, song (from "Show Boat")
>Kern, Jerome : Music in the Air
>Kern, Jerome : Roberta
>Kern, Jerome : Once in a Blue Moon, song (from "Stepping Stones")
>Gershwin, George : Lullaby, for string quartet
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This recording presents some very familiar and much-loved music in an unexpected format. Ten of Jerome Kern and George Gershwin's greatest songs - songs almost everyone has heard - are performed in transcriptions for string quartet (and clarinet). Gershwin's Lullaby, an original composition for String Quartet, is also included. The collection was produced by Judith Sherman.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
The Alexander Quartet plays with lovely phrasing, excellent balance, and fine teamwork, and they bring an array of color and sentiment to the scores. The renditions are so delightful and effortless that the only logical solution after the conclusion of the short program is to begin it again with a refill of a favorite beverage. The Davis arrangements are well done, too, and Lluna infuses them with a smoky sound, heartfelt lyricism, tasteful vibrato, and elegant jazz ornaments. His sound sometimes loses clarity and resonance in the throat tones and high register, but otherwise he blends nicely with the strings. Clarinetists who are interested in adding good transcriptions to their library should give this album a listen.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, (05/24/2011-05/26/2011); St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, (07/15/2011).



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>Heifetz, Jascha : Porgy & Bess Selections for Clarinet and Strings :: Summertime
  • Performer: Joan Lluna (Clarinet)
  • Ensemble: The Alexander String Quartet
  • Notes: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (05/24/2011-05/26/2011); St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (07/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1944

>Heifetz, Jascha : Porgy & Bess Selections for Clarinet and Strings :: A Woman Is a Sometime Thing
  • Performer: Joan Lluna (Clarinet)
  • Notes: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (05/24/2011-05/26/2011); St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (07/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1944

>Heifetz, Jascha : Porgy & Bess Selections for Clarinet and Strings :: Bess, You Is My Woman Now
  • Performer: Joan Lluna (Clarinet)
  • Notes: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (05/24/2011-05/26/2011); St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (07/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1944

>Heifetz, Jascha : Porgy & Bess Selections for Clarinet and Strings :: It Ain't Necessarily So
  • Performer: Joan Lluna (Clarinet)
  • Notes: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (05/24/2011-05/26/2011); St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (07/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1944

>Kern, Jerome : Very Warm for May
  • Notes: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (05/24/2011-05/26/2011); St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (07/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kern, Jerome : Swing Time
  • Notes: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (05/24/2011-05/26/2011); St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (07/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kern, Jerome : Bill, song (from "Show Boat")
  • Notes: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (05/24/2011-05/26/2011); St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (07/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kern, Jerome : Music in the Air
  • Notes: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (05/24/2011-05/26/2011); St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (07/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kern, Jerome : Roberta
  • Notes: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (05/24/2011-05/26/2011); St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (07/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kern, Jerome : Once in a Blue Moon, song (from "Stepping Stones")
  • Notes: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (05/24/2011-05/26/2011); St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (07/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gershwin, George : Lullaby, for string quartet
  • Notes: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (05/24/2011-05/26/2011); St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (07/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1919