Celebrating the clarinet’s 300th birthday with a journey through its soundworlds
Many instruments imitate the human voice. But few manage to do it as closely as the clarinet. With its combination of wood and metal and its disturbing array of keys and metal ligatures, it looks complicated. Yet despite its technical shape, the clarinet’s sound is considered to be smooth and liquid, and its tone fragile, able to evoke deep emotionality and spirituality, soulfulness and sometimes bluesiness, but also ecstasy with its upper registers. The entire clarinet family has great powers of pianissimo and of crescendo and diminuendo, indeed greater than those of any other wind instrument.
As demonstrated in this collection, the clarinet shows these qualities in classical music and in jazz, and also in several folk music around the world. This edition is dedicated to the standard clarinet and offers music by Sidney Bechet (USA), Tara Bouman (NLD), Naftule Brandwein (USA), Brave Old World (USA), Napoleon Damos (GRE), Buddy DeFranco (USA), Paquito D’Rivera (CUB), Giora Feidman (ISR), Benny Goodman (USA), Reginald Kell (GBR), Sabine Meyer (GER), AKC Natarayan (IND), Naylor Proveta (BRA), Tapani Rinne (FIN), Louis Sclavis (FRA), Selim Sesler (TUR), Artie Shaw (USA), and many more.
The extra CD contains T&FF Rudolstadt 2001’s unique clarinet project, featuring Matt Darriau (USA), Sergej Klevensky (RUS), Ibon Koteron (ESP), Ivo Papasov (BUL), Sergej Starostin (RUS), Heikki Syrjänen (Fin), Pekka Westerholm (FIN) sowie Gebhard Ullmann & The Clarinet Trio (DEU).
Price: 25 Euro