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Richard Rodney Bennett – A Birthday Tribute

Richard Rodney Bennett – A Birthday Tribute

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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’.  

 

 

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Richard Rodney Bennett A Birthday Tribute

In cellebration of one of the most distingushed composers and musicians Richard Rodney Bennet, 75th birthday, Victoria Soames Samek has devoted a programme devoted to the clarinet chamber music which has so enriched this repertoire and personally influenced Victoria in her dedication to playing and promoting new music. 

This rich and diverse collection of works, will be of great interest to listeners who wish to hear some of Richard Rodney Bennett’s more serious music. The founder and director of Clarinet & Saxophone Classics Victoria Soames Samek, whose many recordings are celebrated for their masterly and musical interpretation, is joined on this fascinating and colourful disc by duo partner and pianist Michael Bell. The Inspirity String Quartet and East Winds.

  • World Premiere recording for this CD of the Bass Clarinet Sonata, newly transcribed by Richard Ralph from his Sonata for bassoon and piano with permission of the composer
  • His rarely heard Clarinet Quintet – a master work of the 20th century for this combination of clarinet and strings
  • The beautiful and melancholic Ballad in memory of Shirley Horn.
  • His dynamic and exciting Duo Concertante, performed on this CD with electric precision by Samek and Bell
  • Troubadour Music appearing for the first time on CD will be hugely valued by clarinet players and enthusiasts who know Sir Richard as a film composer and pianist.
  • Travel Notes for wind quartet will also be enjoyed audiences who know his film music and interest in jazz, with scores including “Far from the Madding Crowd” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral”
  • In complete contrast is Scena III forsolo clarinet and dating from 1979 reflect Bennetts period of serial writing. It was this work in particular that inspired Victoria in her formative years as a student.

Victoria  Samek Clarinet; Michael Bell Piano; Inspirity String Quartet and East Wind

‘Bennett effortlessly fuses strands of serialism, jazz, Stravinskian wit and (in the case of the beautiful clarinet quintet) shades of English Pastoral. Expertly performed and beautifully recorded.’
CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE

The commitment and quality of the playing is at once apparent; Victoria Soames Samek and Michael Bell are a formidable duo‘, wrote The International Record Review

 

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Playing Time: 80 mins.

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Weight 0.234 kg
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CD + full download (mp3 & flac), Full download (mp3 & flac), Download 1 Rodney Bennet: Duo Concertante, Download 2 Rodney Bennet: Sonatina for solo clarinet: I. Con fuoco, Download 3 Rodney Bennet: Sonatina for solo clarinet: II. Night Thoughts, Download 4 Rodney Bennet: Sonatina for solo clarinet: III. Scherzando, Download 5 Rodney Bennet: Troubadour Music, Download 6 Rodney Bennet: Scena III, Download 7 Rodney Bennet: Clarinet Quintet: I. Con moto, Download 8 Rodney Bennet: Clarinet Quintet: II. Presto, Download 9 Rodney Bennet: Clarinet Quintet: III. Romanza – adagio, Download 10 Rodney Bennet: Clarinet Quintet: IV. Vivo e ritmico, Download 11 Rodney Bennet: Sonata for bass clarinet and piano: I. Moderato, Download 12 Rodney Bennet: Sonata for bass clarinet and piano: II. Allegretto con grazia, Download 13 Rodney Bennet: Sonata for bass clarinet and piano: III. Molto allegro, Download 14 Rodney Bennet: Travel Notes for wind quartet: I. In an air-balloon, Download 15 Rodney Bennet: Travel Notes for wind quartet: II. In a helicopter, Download 16 Rodney Bennet: Travel Notes for wind quartet: III. In a bath-chair, Download 17 Rodney Bennet: Travel Notes for wind quartet: IV. Car Chase, Download 18 Rodney Bennet: Ballad in memory of Shirley Horn

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