Messager, Marty, Hahn, Rabaud, Bozza Debussy, Gaubert, Grovlez, PiernŽ

COMPOSERS: Bozza Debussy,Gaubert,Grovlez,Hahn,Marty,Messager,Pierne,Rabaud
LABELS: Clarinet Classics
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: Solos de Concours
WORKS: Music from the Premier Prix by Messager, Marty, Hahn, Rabaud, Bozza Debussy, Gaubert, Grovlez, Pierné,
PERFORMER: Victoria Soames (clarinet)Jonathan Higgins (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: CC 0011 DDD
For a century the Paris Conservatoire has commissioned ‘real music’ as test pieces for its students, most famously Debussy’s Rapsodie. As this selection for clarinet shows, these are no ordinary test pieces, they tease out musical feeling. The bigger the name, the less likely it delivers a pot-boiler: Messager and Hahn have typically suave melodies, Françaix beams as he drops banana skins among the rhythms. Eugène Bozza’s Bucolique is a flamboyant surprise, but there’s some blandness elsewhere. Pacy, responsive playing. Robert Maycock

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