Waiting for Benny: A Tribute to Benny Goodman

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Waiting for Benny: A Tribute to Benny Goodman



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2nd April 2013




66 minutes


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Waiting for Benny: A Tribute to Benny Goodman


Contrasts for violin, clarinet & piano, BB 116, Sz. 111

with Maud Lovett (violin) & Jean-Hisanori Sugitani (piano)


Clarinet Sonata

with Jean-Hisanori Sugitani (piano)


Preludes (3)

arr. J. Cohn

with Jean-Hisanori Sugitani (piano)

Gould, M:

Benny’s Gig

Ying Lai Green (double bass)


Clarinet Sonata, Op. 184

with Jean-Hisanori Sugitani (piano)


Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet

Julien Hervé (clarinet)



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Renowned as a virtuoso jazz clarinetist and legendary bandleader, Benny Goodman is also remembered for the works he commissioned from leading composers of his day. Poulenc’s strikingly beautiful Clarinet Sonata was his last composition, while Bernstein’s was his first published piece. Both Gershwin and Stravinsky added their distinctive stamp to the swing vibe which was all the rage in the early 20th century. The jazz flavour of Morton Gould’s Benny’s Gig is heightened by the unusual coupling of clarinet and double bass, while pungent folk rhythms define Bartók’s virtuoso Contrasts.

Francis Poulenc: Clarinet Sonata, FP 184

I. Allegro tristamente: Allegretto - Tres calme - Tempo allegretto

II. Romanza: Tres calme

III. Allegro con fuoco: Tres anime

Leonard Bernstein: Clarinet Sonata

I. Grazioso

II. Andantino - Vivace e leggiero

George Gershwin: 3 Preludes (arr. J. Cohn for clarinet and piano)

No. 1 in B flat major: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso

No. 2 in C sharp minor: Andante con moto e poco rubato

No. 3 in E flat minor: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso

Igor Stravinsky: 3 Pieces for Solo Clarinet

No. 1. Sempre piano e molto tranquillo: quarter note = 52

No. 2. quarter note = 168

No. 3. quarter note = 160

Morton Gould: Benny's Gig

I. Slow and nostalgic

II. Brisk, with drive

III. Very slow and hesitant

IV. Brisk

V. Slowly

VI. Calypso Serenade: Moderately moving

VII. Lazily moving

VIII. Jaunty

Bela Bartok: Contrasts, BB 116

I. Verbunkos (Recruiting Dance): Moderato, ben ritmato

II. Piheno (Relaxation): Lento

III. Sebes (Fast Dance): Allegro vivace

MusicWeb International

31st July 2013

“a thorough exploration of all the wonderfully evocative and virtuosic possibilities of this most charismatic of instruments. All the works on this disc are absolutely fabulous and each of them is a quintessential representative of its creator...It is difficult to praise this disc highly enough”

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