Lutoslawski, Yuste, Debussy, Poulenc, Nielsen, Romero

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COMPOSERS: Debussy,Lutoslawski,Nielsen,Poulenc,Romero,Yuste
LABELS: Linn
ALBUM TITLE: Fantasia
WORKS: Rapsodie
PERFORMER: Maximiliano Martin (clarinet), Inocencio Negrin (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: CKD 280
The principal clarinettist of the

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra,

Maximiliano Martín, has an

attractive tone, reliable intonation

and nimble technique. All that’s

missing here, recorded with fidelity,

is an incisive, aggressive edge.

Without it, the two slow numbers

among Lutos?awski’s five Dance

Preludes come off better than the

fast movements with which they

alternate, the withdrawn opening of

Debussy’s Rapsodie is more appealing

than its explosive end, and the

melancholy pianissimos of Poulenc’s

Sonata make a greater impression

than the strident fortissimos. Despite

pianist Inocencio Negrín’s excellent

contribution, these repertoire works

are not completely successful.

However, for clarinet buffs there’s

an early Fantasia by Nielsen; two

pieces by the 20th-century clarinet

virtuoso and teacher Miguel Yuste

Moreno, a Spanish-flavoured

‘Picturesque Caprice’ and a tuneful

‘Melodic Study’; and a 19th-century

fantasy on Donizetti by an earlier

Spanish clarinettist, Antonio Romero

y Andía. Valuable contributions to a

recital that’s attractively varied – just

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a bit too mellifluous. Anthony Burton