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Waitin' for Benny: A Tribute to Benny Goodman - Clarinet Sonatas of Poulenc and Bernstein; Gershwin: 3 Preludes; Stravinsky: 3 Pieces et al. / Julien Hervé, clarinet

> Clarinet Sonata, FP 184 - I. Allegro tristamente: Allegretto - Tres calme - Tempo allegretto
> Clarinet Sonata, FP 184 - II. Romanza: Tres calme
> Clarinet Sonata, FP 184 - III. Allegro con fuoco: Tres anime
> Clarinet Sonata - I. Grazioso
> Clarinet Sonata - II. Andantino - Vivace e leggiero
> 3 Preludes (arr. J. Cohn for clarinet and piano) - No. 1 in B flat major: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
> 3 Preludes (arr. J. Cohn for clarinet and piano) - No. 2 in C sharp minor: Andante con moto e poco rubato
> 3 Preludes (arr. J. Cohn for clarinet and piano) - No. 3 in E flat minor: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
> 3 Pieces for Solo Clarinet - No. 1. Sempre piano e molto tranquillo: quarter note = 52
> 3 Pieces for Solo Clarinet - No. 2. quarter note = 168
> 3 Pieces for Solo Clarinet - No. 3. quarter note = 160
> Benny's Gig - I. Slow and nostalgic
> Benny's Gig - II. Brisk, with drive
> Benny's Gig - III. Very slow and hesitant
> Benny's Gig - IV. Brisk
> Benny's Gig - V. Slowly
> Benny's Gig - VI. Calypso Serenade: Moderately moving
> Benny's Gig - VII. Lazily moving
> Benny's Gig - VIII. Jaunty
> Contrasts, BB 116 - I. Verbunkos (Recruiting Dance): Moderato, ben ritmato
> Contrasts, BB 116 - II. Piheno (Relaxation): Lento
> Contrasts, BB 116 - III. Sebes (Fast Dance): Allegro vivace

Album Summary

>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
>Bernstein, Leonard : Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
>Gershwin, George : Preludes (3) for piano
>Stravinsky, Igor : Pieces (3) for Clarinet solo
>Gould, Morton : Benny's Gig, for clarinet & double bass
>Bartók, Béla : Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz 111
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Renowned as a virtuoso jazz clarinetist and legendary bandleader, Benny Goodman is also remembered for the works he commissioned from leading composers of his day. Poulenc's strikingly beautiful Clarinet Sonata was his last composition, while Bernstein's was his first published piece. Both Gershwin and Stravinsky added their distinctive stamp to the swing vibe which was all the rage in the early 20th century. The jazz flavor of Morton Gould's Benny's Gig is heightened by the unusual coupling of clarinet and double bass, while pungent folk rhythms define Bartok's virtuoso Contrasts .

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
The concert has many fine moments. Herve has excellent technique, presence, and rhythm, cultivating the mysterious and nostalgic in one moment and plunging into the exciting and manic in the next. His timbre and emotional commitment. At soft volumes, his playing is clear and exquisite. And while he phrases nicely, he has a tendency to shift into cruise control, blowing past important structural points, using only one or two colors. Herve's collaborators are mixed as well. Sugitani is a solid keyboardist. Green adds the right character to the Gould.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Conservatoire de Paris (07/25/2011-07/28/2011).



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Works Details

>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
  • Performers: Jean-Hisanori Sugitani (Piano); Julien Herve (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Conservatoire de Paris (07/25/2011-07/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962

>Bernstein, Leonard : Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
  • Performers: Julien Herve (Clarinet); Jean-Hisanori Sugitani (Piano)
  • Notes: Conservatoire de Paris (07/25/2011-07/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Gershwin, George : Preludes (3) for piano
  • Performers: Julien Herve (Clarinet); Jean-Hisanori Sugitani (Piano)
  • Notes: Conservatoire de Paris (07/25/2011-07/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Stravinsky, Igor : Pieces (3) for Clarinet solo
  • Performer: Julien Herve (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Conservatoire de Paris (07/25/2011-07/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Gould, Morton : Benny's Gig, for clarinet & double bass
  • Performers: Julien Herve (Clarinet); Ying-Lai Green (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Conservatoire de Paris (07/25/2011-07/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz 111
  • Performers: Maud Lovett (Violin); Julien Herve (Clarinet); Jean-Hisanori Sugitani (Piano)
  • Notes: Conservatoire de Paris (07/25/2011-07/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938