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This recording honours the Internationally renowned and most brilliant and versatile composer and musician, Richard Rodney Bennett. Performed by clarinettist Victoria Samek, this programme of clarinet chamber works, reflects the rich and diverse styles that are such distinguishing qualities of Bennetts immense compositional output. From music reminiscent of his great film scores to the World Premiere of his Bass Clarinet Sonata performed by ‘a formidable duo’.
This recording is a must for all bass clarinet enthusiasts and those wanting to discover more about the seductive sound of the bass clarinet and its wealth of repertoire. Including Arvo Part, Spiegel Im Spiegel, specially arranged for this recording with permission from the composer and Scawfell specially written for Sarah Watts by duo partner Anthony Clare, this is a recording of bass clarinet playing at its best.
Henri Bok is the world’s most highly acclaimed exponent of the bass clarinet and alongside his Internationally demanding solo career, has been responsible for numerous new works to be written for the instrument by notable composers. The repertoire on this disc covers more than 80 years: from François Rasse’s “Lied” (1921) – one of the first works written for bass clarinet and piano to Loeb’s “Sonata Lirica” and Söll’s “Mirabelles” – both composed end 2002. If anyone ever questioned the bass clarinet as a solo instrument, Henri Bok’s dynamic playing and wonderful programme, will persuade you otherwise.
This premiere recording by the world’s leading bass clarinet exponent Henri Bok brings together the central repertoire of master-works of the 20th century. These include the transcription approved by Hindemith of his bassoon Sonata. Balancing musically sensitive with to the immense merits of this wonderful, diverse and sometimes considered the maverick member of the clarinet family.