The English Clarinet

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The English Clarinet



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30th June 2008




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The English Clarinet


Clarinet Sonata in B flat (1934)


Pastoral for Clarinet and Piano


Five Bagatelles for clarinet & piano, Op. 23




Four Characteristic Pieces for clarinet & piano

Lloyd Webber, W:

Frensham Pond (Aquarelle) for clarinet and piano (from Country Impressions) (1960)

Air and Variations for clarinet and piano (1952)

Patterson, P:

Soliloquy, Op. 79


Four Wordsworth Miniatures

John Bradbury (clarinet) & James Cryer (piano)



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The clarinet is the most versatile of all wind instruments, able to express warmth, brilliance, passion and elegy. All facets of the clarinet are represented here, unified by the English school. John Bradbury is the principal clarinet with the BBC Philharmonic. Lloyd Webber and Edward German give us enchanting melody, Hurlstone uses drama and song whereas Bliss writes a lament. Bax and Finzi deliver masterworks, now essential clarinet repertoire, and Patterson and Roxburgh add fire and fantasy to this collection.

Edward German: Romance No. 1 (version for clarinet and piano)

Romance No. 1 (version for clarinet and piano)

Arnold Bax: Clarinet Sonata

I. Molto moderato

II. Allegro vivace

Edwin Roxburgh: Wordsworth Miniatures

No. 1. Calm is the fragrant air

No. 2. Water on a starry night

No. 3. Thoughts that often lie too deep for tears

No. 4. The cataracts blow their trumpets

Gerald Finzi: 5 Bagatelles, Op. 23

No. 1. Prelude

No. 2. Romance

No. 3. Carol

No. 4. Forlana

No. 5. Fughetta

William Hurlstone: 4 Characteristic Pieces

No. 1. Ballade: Moderato a piacere

No. 2. Croon Song: Andantino

No. 3. Intermezzo: Moderato grazioso - Allegro - Moderato grazioso

No. 4. Scherzo: Vivace, ma non troppo

Paul Patterson: Soliloquy, Op. 79

Soliloquy, Op. 79

William Lloyd Webber: On Frensham Pond

On Frensham Pond

William Lloyd Webber: Air and Variations

Air and Variations

Arthur Bliss: Pastoral


Presto Classical

David Smith

October 2014

“John Bradbury, accompanied by James Cryer, shows clearly why these eloquent miniatures have become so popular among clarinettists.”

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