Collection: The Art of the Clarinettist

COMPOSERS: Elgar,German,Messager,Ponchielli,Rossini,Stanford
LABELS: Clarinet Classics
WORKS: Music by Stanford, German, Messager, Elgar, Rossini, Ponchielli
PERFORMER: Colin Bradbury (cl), Oliver Davies (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: CC 0008 DDD (distr. Select Music) Reissue

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This two-CD set gathers together material from various sources and styles, but all the pieces have the primary aim of projecting the virtuosity of player and instrument. As such the discs will probably have a specialist rather than a general appeal, since much of the featured music is insubstantial, to say the least. Bradbury and Davies perform it all with great skill, while the recording, though faithful, is sometimes a little close. Terry Barfoot