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New Release – Chamber Music Northwest: David Shifrin and Friends
31 Jul 2012
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Chamber Music Northwest: David Shifrin & Friends

Shifrin & Friends

“… a score truly inspired by a tragic event (9/11) and one that is likely to transcend it.” -- Peter G. Davis, New York Magazine

Thus did a leading critic sum up the remarkable Concerto for Clarinet (chamber orchestra version) by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, one of America’s cutting-edge contemporary composers. And this is but one of this release’s four vibrant modern chamber works for clarinet and various chamber ensembles by major composers: music that greatly enriches the modern chamber repertoire.

Filling out the fascinating program are Aaron Copland’s brisk and brainy Sextet for Clarinet, Piano and String Quartet, Stephen Hartke’s delightfully wacky The Horse with the Lavender Eye, and Aaron Jay Kernis’ richly evocative Trio in Red. The performers – all among the finest soloists and chamber artists anywhere – are drawn from the ranks of Chamber Music Northwest and its legendary director, renowned clarinet virtuoso David Shifrin.

Composers: Copland; Hartke; Kernis; Zwilich

Artists: David Shifrin, clarinet; Fred Sherry, cello; Ani Kavafian, violin; Daniel Phillips, violin; Anne-Marie McDermott, piano; Ida Kavafian, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; Theodore Arm, Daniel Ching, Catherine Cho, Sandy Yamomoto, Cornelia Heard, violin; John Largess, Todd Phillips, viola; Josua Gindele, cello; Edgar Meyer, double bass; Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; Allan Vogel, oboe; Julie Feves, bassoon; William Purvis, John Cox, horn; Sally Nelson Kuhns, cornet; Niel DePonte, percussion; Ransom Wilson, conductor;

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Track Listing

    Aaron Copland: Sextet for Clarinet, Piano and String Quartet

  1. Allegro vivace
  2. Lento
  3. Finale
  4. Stephen Hartke: The Horse with the Lavender Eye

  5. Music of the Left
  6. The Servant of Two Masters
  7. Waltzing at the Abyss
  8. Cancel My Rumba Lesson
  9. Aaron Jay Kernis: Trio in Red

  10. Orange Circle, Yellow Line
  11. Red Whirl
  12. Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra

  13. I.
  14. II. Elegy: September 11
  15. III.
  16. IV.

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Brahms: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115
Bartók: Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz 111
Bernstein: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Mozart: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581
Mozart: Serenade for Winds no 11 in E flat major, K 375
Seiber: Serenade for 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons and 2 Horns
Music for Viola and Gypsy Band
Bolcom: Afternoon Cakewalk
Brahms: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120 no 1
Brahms: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114
Piazzolla: La muerte del Angel
Debussy: Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano
Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in B-flat major, FP 184
Martinu: Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano, H 356
Hindemith: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes (5) for Clarinet and Piano
Debussy: Two pieces from Children's Corner arr. for clarinet and piano by David Schiff
Debussy: Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano
Mozart: Parto, ma tu ben mio from La Clemenza di Tito
Dvorak: Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44
Mozart: Serenade for Winds no 10 in B flat major, K 361 (370a) "Gran Partita"
Weber: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B flat major, J 182/Op. 34
Weber: Variations (7) for Clarinet and Piano from "Silvana," J 128/Op 33
Weber: Grand Duo concertante for Clarinet and Piano in E flat major, J 204/Op. 48
Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D 965/Op. 129 (The Shepherd on the Rock)
Dvorak: Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44
Strauss: Duet-Concertino for Clarinet, Bassoon, Strings and Harp, AV 147
Piazzolla: Oblivion
Rogerson: Constellations
Bunch: Ralph's Old Records for Flute, Clarinet, Viola, Cello, and PIano
Schickele: Serenade for Three
Schickele: Clarinet Quintet "Spring Ahead"
Shulman: Rendezvous
Etler: Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Ensemble
Mozart: Serenade for Winds in E-flat Major, K. 375
Beethoven: Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn in E flat major, Op. 16
Bruch: Eight Pieces for viola, clarinet, and piano, Op. 83
Davidovsky: Septet for Piano, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass
Beethoven: Septet in E flat major, Op. 20
Jalbert: Street Antiphons
Brahms: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115