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Mind Music: Music releated to neurodegenerative conditions - Mendelssohn: Concert Piece for clarinet, basset horn & orchestra, Op. 113; R. Strauss: Sonatina for winds no 1; John Adams: Gnarly Buttons; Kevin Malone: The Last Memory

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concert Piece for Clarinet, Basset Horn and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 113
>Strauss, Richard : Sonatina no 1 for 16 wind instruments in F major ("From the Workshop of an Invalid"), o.Op. 135 (Tr
>Adams, John : Gnarly Buttons
>Malone, Kevin : The Last Memory, for amplified clarinet with digital delay processing
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Degenerative brain diseases (Parkinson's and Alzheimer's in particular) cause immense distress to sufferers and their families. This album is released to raise funds for research into cures, through Parkinsons UK. Both the soloists lost parents to these diseases hence their wish to support the research. They have chosen works by composers all of whom were similarly afflicted - either in themselves or their close families. Mendelssohn died at a very young age due to degenerative disease, Strauss wrote his work during a period of severe influenza and depression, and Kevin Malone and John Adams struggled to cope when their fathers both succumbed to Alzheimers. The works here are serious, often poignant, but also humorous and full of hope. A delightful performance by the two clarinet soloists is bolstered by the excellent Northern Chamber Orchestra.



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Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concert Piece for Clarinet, Basset Horn and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 113
  • Performers: Elizabeth Jordan; Lynsey Marsh (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Stephen Barlow
  • Ensemble: Northern Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/30/1832

>Strauss, Richard : Sonatina no 1 for 16 wind instruments in F major ("From the Workshop of an Invalid"), o.Op. 135 (Tr
  • Conductor: Stephen Barlow
  • Ensemble: Northern Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 38 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1943

>Adams, John : Gnarly Buttons
  • Performer: Elizabeth Jordan (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Stephen Barlow
  • Ensemble: Northern Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 26 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Malone, Kevin : The Last Memory, for amplified clarinet with digital delay processing
  • Performer: Lynsey Marsh (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Stephen Barlow
  • Ensemble: Northern Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 13 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern