A revolutionary tutor
Xavier Lefèvre – A Revolutionary Tutor: Clarinet Sonatas Volume 2
Volume 2 of the Lefèvre Sonatas completes the set of 12 from his Méthode de Clarinette (1802) Recorded by period performance specialist Colin Lawson, on this recording partnered with cellist Sebastian Comberti. Reviews of Vol. 1 praised the clarity of texture of the historical instrumentation and the consequent benefit to Lefèvre’s inventive pieces. Repertoire on the new disc by, again reflects the progressive nature of the set, ranging from the concise Sonata no. 2 to the complex final Sonata. No. 12, with its characterful set of variations. These performances offer a vivid contrast to the unwieldy medium of modern B flat clarinet and piano, on which a few of the sonatas have been played from modern editions. Many of the pieces are, however, virtually unknown. Following on from Colin Lawson’s other highly successful recordings, this CD will inspire players and listeners alike.
- First performances using original instrumentation (C clarinet and cello)
- Core repertoire (included on Associated Board and many other exam syllabi)
- Important set of early Clarinet Sonatas from a celebrated pedagogue
Volume 2 – Sonatas 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 of a two-volume set
Colin Lawson – C clarinet Sebastian Comberti – cello
‘ Lawson’s well known as a period instrumentalist, brings these academic works to artistic life with subtle use of ornamentation and sensitive variation in dynamics’.
INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW
Total time: 74 minutes