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Cross Connection: Selected Works of Henry Wolking & James Scott Balentine / Robert Walzel, clarinet; Eric Wolf Stomberg, bassoon

Audio Samples

>Wolking, Henry : Gone Playin', concerto for clarinet & orchestra
>Wolking, Henry : The Old Gypsy, for string quartet
>Balentine, James Scott : Dun Eideann Blogh, concerto for clarinet, bassoon & orchestra
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track

Album Summary

>Wolking, Henry : Gone Playin', concerto for clarinet & orchestra
>Wolking, Henry : The Old Gypsy, for string quartet
>Balentine, James Scott : Dun Eideann Blogh, concerto for clarinet, bassoon & orchestra
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Cross Connection features the works of Wolking and Balentine. Both composers' works consider the meaning of life, love, and music, and the relationship between each. This recording features performances by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, and Moravian Philharmonic String Players, clarinetist Robert Walzel, and bassoonist Eric Wolf Stomberg.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
Continuing Navona's series of Cross Connections, selected works are presented from Henry Wolking and James Scott Balentine. Balentine's three-movement Dun Eideann Blogh is a chromatic work, especially in II, 'Portobello Beach'. The clarinet is a soloist in Wolking's Gone Playin' as well. 'Gone Fishin' opens with a relaxing, lyrical mood. The string basses propel the piece with plucks and heavy bowings while the clarinet repeats the main theme. II is a "jazz lullaby" with very little jazz. The material played by the clarinet sounds like a slower version of what was played in I. The finale, 'Gone Dancin', has a bit too much fun with glissandos and falls in the clarinet, but the string parts are harmonically and metrically fascinating.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Reduta Hall, Olomouc, Czech Republic.



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Works Details

>Wolking, Henry : Gone Playin', concerto for clarinet & orchestra
  • Performer: Robert Walzel (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Petr Vronsky
  • Ensemble: Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 13 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Wolking, Henry : The Old Gypsy, for string quartet
  • Performers: Dominika Muzikova (Viola); Marián Pavlik (Cello); Vit Muzik (Violin); Igor Kopyt (Violin)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Balentine, James Scott : Dún Eideann Blogh, concerto for clarinet, bassoon & orchestra
  • Performers: Eric Stomberg (Bassoon); Robert Walzel (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Petr Vronsky
  • Running Time: 14 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
  • Period Time: Modern