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Sir John Dankworth was inspired by Benny Goodman’s playing to study clarinet at the Royal Academy: his delightful Suite for Emma was composed for Emma Johnson, former BBC Young Musician of the Year, who performs it on this disc.
Jazz and popular music influences are to the fore in the young Leonard Bernstein’s Clarinet Sonata, which oreshadows the music for his ever-popular West Side Story. Aaron Copland’s arrangement for clarinet of his Violin Sonata is a major addition to the repertoire.
"Britain’s favourite clarinettist.” The Times
"Every generation has its artists that set the standard for that and successive generations. With Brits and the world today, it is Emma Johnson.” US Concert review
John Dankworth: Suite for Emma
Leonard Bernstein: Clarinet Sonata
II. Andantino - Vivace e leggiero
Aaron Copland: Violin Sonata (arr. for clarinet and piano)
I. Andante semplice - Allegro
III. Allegretto giusto
Aaron Copland: Nocturne (version for clarinet and piano)
Nocturne (version for clarinet and piano)
John Dankworth: Picture of Jeannie
Picture of Jeannie
“The whole programme is played with great polish and flair. It's bound to delight Johnson's many fans, and increase their number.”
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