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Bohemian Rhapsodies - Fell Clarinet Quartet

 
Bohemian Rhapsodies - Fell Clarinet Quartet-Quartet
ID: DCD34083 (EAN: 801918340833)  | 1 CD | DDD - 24 b
Released in: 2010
LABEL:
DELPHIAN RECORDS
Subcollection:
Quartet
Composers:
BARTÓK, Béla | FARKAS, Ferenc | HUDEC, Jirí | SAYERS, Lenny | TUČAPSKÝ, Antonín
Ensembles:
Fell Clarinet Quartet
Other info:

Fell Clarinet Quartet:
Colin Blamey, clarinet & bass clarinet
Helen Bywater, clarinet & C clarinet
Marianne Rawles, clarinet & Eb clarinet
Lenny Sayers, clarinet & bass clarinet


The Fells' journey through Eastern Europe takes in sophisticated reworkings of Bartók and earthy reimaginings of klezmer, and introduces some unfamiliar names along the way. The four clarinets lend a wonderfully suggestive reediness to these laments and dances which enhances the music's rustic tone. With the Fell Quartet as your guide, this whirlwind tour of Eastern Europe is sure to be seductive, virtuosic, and not without some moments of real grit.


Track listing

1 Béla Bartók (1881-1945), arr. Gregor Blamey: Ostinato
2-4 Lenny Sayers (b. 1977): Three Klezmer Melodies
5-8 Ferenc Farkas (1905-2000): Early Hungarian Dances from the 17th Century
9-14 Bartók arr. Gregor Blamey/Andrew Sparling: Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm
15 Jirí Hudec (1923-1996): Rapsodia per Quattro
16 Sayers: Mazel Tov!
17-20 Antonín Tucapský (b. 1928): A Little Afternoon Music
21-28 Farkas: Scenes from Hungary
29 Sayers: Raisins and Almonds

Premiere recordings except tracks 58, 10-12, 14 & 21-28

Total playing time [62:02]

Review:
 

‘Their style is electrifyingly unanimous ... ice-cool virtuosity and moody whispers that colour in equal measure.'
- The Scotsman, April 2008

‘An incredible sound ... slick ensemble ... beautifully expressive playing. The ensemble gives a flawless performance ... the quality of the repertoire is matched by the quality of the playing. This is a group with a bright future.'
- MusicWeb International, August 2008 (CD of the Month)


 

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