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“… 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 Taafe 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.
Aaron Copland: Sextet
I. Allegro vivace
Stephen Hartke: The Horse with the Lavender Eye
I. Music of the Left
II. The Servant of 2 Masters
III. Waltzing at the Abyss
IV. Cancel My Rumba Lesson
Aaron Jay Kernis: Trio in Red
I. Orange Circle, Yellow Line
II. Red Whirl
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Clarinet Concerto
II. Elegy: September 11
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