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A Portrait of Alan Hacker
Clarinet Classics is delighted to present a CD profile of one of the outstanding British clarinettists of the 20th century. A founder member of the Pierrot Players and the Fires of London, Alan Hacker’s playing astonished and delighted a generation of concert-goers and acted as an inspiration for many young players.
• Maxwell Davies’ – Hymnos – a tour-de-force in a ground breaking performance by its dedicatee.
• Birtwistle’s – Four Interludes for a Tragedy.
• Maxwell Davies’ – Seven Brightnesses
Also included are Birtwistle’s Three Nocturnes from a private recording issued for the first time on this CD. As well as music by members of the ‘ Manchester School’ with which Alan Hacker is particularly associated, this fascinating collection also includes Crusell’s Quartet No 2 in its first edition and Weber’s virtuosic Grand Duo. Alan Hacker was a pioneer of the clarinet in the 60s and 70s whose impact can still be felt today.
‘A clarinet player and teacher who influenced a generation of players and composers; this CD is a tribute to his masterful playing with most of the works written or dedicated to Hacker. A must for all collectors of clarinet CDs.’
‘Clarinettist, teacher and conductor who overcame the constraints of a wheelchair to make music of thrilling and uncompromising beauty’.