Great music played well
AlexanderBanning | Minneapolis, MN USA | 03/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Disclosure: I am only rating the Duo concertant and the Studies in English Folk Song on this disc--these selections were taken from the album and published in a compilation for BBC Music. But may I say that this disc is worth a purchase for these pieces alone! As a clarinetist, I can attest that these are outstanding performances. Cohler has excellent tone, and he and the piano consistently have a great balance. The Duo concertant is a delightful piece that is absolutely effervescent. The English Folks Songs are played with extraordinary sensitivity that reveals the genius of Vaughn Williams and the maturity of Cohler. The Folk Songs are so short, but so deep and thoughtful, while being absolutely accessible to even the youngest and most unknowledgeable of listeners. I might even suggest that this would be a good disc to introduce someone to the possibilities of the clarinet."
AlexanderBanning | 10/29/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Moonflowers, Baby is a good recording. It combines some interesting music pieces. The Hindemith is well played, but Mr. Cohler uses too much vibrato for my taste. There are a few gems on this, one of them being the Duo Concertant, by Milhaud. The other piece worth listening too is the title track, Moonflowers, Baby. It is a jazzy little piece that is played very well. It is about 20 minuts long, give or take a few...but it worth the time.
I recommend this c.d. to anyone who is looking for some off-beat but well played music. It isn't my favorite kind of music, but it is a good addition to any collection."