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American Contemporary Clarinet
David Robertson, Alain Damiens, John Adams
American Contemporary Clarinet
Genre: Classical
  •  Track Listings (7) - Disc #1


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All Artists: David Robertson, Alain Damiens, John Adams, Elliott Carter, Steve Reich, Andre Trouttet, Howard Sandoff
Title: American Contemporary Clarinet
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Angel Records
Release Date: 7/13/1999
Album Type: Import
Genre: Classical
Styles: Chamber Music, Forms & Genres, Concertos, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830), Instruments, Reeds & Winds
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724354535123

CD Reviews

Superb recording of new Carter.
Karl Henzy | 07/14/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Carter's Clarinet Concerto (1996), written when he was 88, is one further exploration into the possibilities of the concerto form, and here it's superbly recorded by the great Ensemble InterContemporain with Damiens on clarinet. This concerto, Carter's fifth, is lightly scored (in fact it's written for a chamber orchestra of 18 players), and consists mostly of playful, flickering "conversations" between the solo instrument and various sections of the orchestra, with two meditative "windows" of slow, wistful music in the middle. It's as if Carter saw the clarinet as an essentially social instrument, which therefore becomes quiescent when the company is gone, but really comes alive when the party gets going. The other pieces here are odd bedfellows to go with Carter--the Reich is a good example of his minimalism, the Adams, of how vapid he's become (in my opinion) after Nixon in China. The disc is well worth the price, though, for the 20 minute Carter concerto."