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Ebony and Ivory: Works for Clarinet and Piano: Nichifor - Horovitz - Lutosławski - Cooke - Arnold

Andrew Simon, Warren Lee

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2 Dances for Andrew Simon  
1
No. 1. A Musical Joke
Serban Nichifor; Andrew Simon
1:30
2
No. 2. Carnyx
Serban Nichifor; Andrew Simon
3:25
2 Majorcan Pieces  
3
No. 1. Paguera
Joseph Horovitz; Andrew Simon; Warren Lee
2:34
4
No. 2. Valdemosa
Joseph Horovitz; Andrew Simon; Warren Lee
1:35
Clarinet Sonatina in B Flat Major  
5
I. Allegro calmato
Joseph Horovitz; Andrew Simon; Warren Lee
5:21
6
II. Lento, quasi andante
Joseph Horovitz; Andrew Simon; Warren Lee
4:21
7
III. Con brio
Joseph Horovitz; Andrew Simon; Warren Lee
3:49
8
Diversions on a Familiar Theme
Joseph Horovitz; Andrew Simon; Warren Lee
7:46
Dance Préludes (version for Clarinet and Piano)  
9
No. 1. Allegro molto
Witold Lutosławski; Andrew Simon; Warren Lee
1:05
10
No. 2. Andantino
Witold Lutosławski; Andrew Simon; Warren Lee
3:15
11
No. 3. Allegro giocoso
Witold Lutosławski; Andrew Simon; Warren Lee
1:09
12
No. 4. Andante
Witold Lutosławski; Andrew Simon; Warren Lee
3:57
13
No. 5. Allegro molto
Witold Lutosławski; Andrew Simon; Warren Lee
1:37
Clarinet Sonata in B Flat Major  
14
I. Allegro moderato
Arnold Cooke; Andrew Simon; Warren Lee
6:22
15
II. Scherzando
Arnold Cooke; Andrew Simon; Warren Lee
3:16
16
III. Adagio ma non troppo
Arnold Cooke; Andrew Simon; Warren Lee
6:51
17
IV. Molto vivace
Arnold Cooke; Andrew Simon; Warren Lee
3:37
Clarinet Sonatina in G Minor, Op. 29  
18
I. Allegro con brio
Malcolm Arnold; Andrew Simon; Warren Lee
2:56
19
II. Andantino
Malcolm Arnold; Andrew Simon; Warren Lee
2:44
20
III. Furioso
Malcolm Arnold; Andrew Simon; Warren Lee
2:25
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    69:35
"... a pleasing mixture of light and virtuosic ... can be enjoyed by all those whose tastes are centered on tonal, melodic, well-proportioned music ... nothing in the recital is without interest or indeed a sense of humour and warmth ... sound quality is very good ..."
- MusicWeb International

"... obviously a clarinet lover’s feast, but it wouldn’t be right to conclude without acknowledging the excellent work of pianist Warren Lee. The piano parts are certainly not mere accompaniments; these are duo works in the full sense of the term and Lee proves himself Simon’s equal partner in every way. Very strongly recommended."
- Fanfare

This fascinating and wide-ranging programme of 20th century works for clarinet and piano features Andrew Simon on clarinet accompanied on several selections by pianist Warren Lee. The album includes the jazz and folk inspired Two Dances for Andrew Simon by Romanian composer Şerban Nichifor, followed by a selection of pieces by Joseph Horovitz with whom both artists worked closely prior to this recording. Lutosławski’s Dance Preludes is based on folk songs from Northern Poland and the recital concludes with Arnold Cooke’s Hindemith-inspired Sonata and Malcolm Arnold’s accessible Sonatina.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

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