On The Winds of English Melody
Victoria Samek – clarinet John Flinders – piano
Victoria Samek has chosen British works from the first half of the 20th century. The Royal College of Music enjoyed a wonderful tradition of eminent clarinet professors including Charles Draper and Frederick Thurston. Having produced few notable composers in the previous century, British music saw a sudden flowering in a new generation of composers who have left a legacy of masterworks for clarinet and piano. Victoria’s recital features music from some of the outstanding composers of this generation.
John Ireland Fantasy Sonata; Charles Villiers Stanford Sonata; Malcolm Arnold Sonatina; Gerald Finzi Five Bagatelles; Ralph Vaughan Williams Six Studies on English Folk Songs; Arthur Bliss Pastoral
Victoria Samek clarinet, John Flinders piano
‘This latest disc from an attractive label is a celebration of clarinet music written in the first half of the century… John
Ireland’s Fantasy Sonata, a suave, wistful single movement… beautifully played.’
THE SUNDAY TIMES
Playing Time: 73 mins.