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Áskell Másson: Music for Clarinet

Einar Jóhannesson, Bryndís Halla Gylfadóttir, Örn Magnússon, Robyn Koh, Áskell Másson, Reykjavik Wind Quintet

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1
Blik (Gleam) for solo Clarinet
Áskell Másson; Einar Jóhannesson
5:41
Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano  
2
I. Andante -
Áskell Másson; Einar Jóhannesson; Örn Magnússon
5:23
3
II. Allegro -
Áskell Másson; Einar Jóhannesson; Örn Magnússon
2:59
4
III. Adagio
Áskell Másson; Einar Jóhannesson; Örn Magnússon
4:11
5
Seasons - Fantasy on a Chinese Poem for Clarinet and Goblet Drum
Áskell Másson; Einar Jóhannesson; Áskell Másson
6:58
3 Bagatelles for solo Clarinet  
6
No. 1. Leit (Quest)
Áskell Másson; Einar Jóhannesson
2:00
7
No. 2. Dans (Dance)
Áskell Másson; Einar Jóhannesson
1:25
8
No. 3. Hugleioing (Meditation)
Áskell Másson; Einar Jóhannesson
3:40
9
Fantasia for solo Clarinet and Harpsichord
Áskell Másson; Einar Jóhannesson; Robyn Koh
13:47
10
Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
Áskell Másson; Einar Jóhannesson; Bryndís Halla Gylfadóttir; Örn Magnússon
13:47
Quintet for Winds  
11
I. Allegretto con fuoco
Áskell Másson; Reykjavik Wind Quintet
7:27
12
II. Vivo (attacca) -
Áskell Másson; Reykjavik Wind Quintet
5:48
13
III. Moderato
Áskell Másson; Reykjavik Wind Quintet
3:25
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    76:31
Icelandic composer Áskell Másson’s unique and distinctive expressive fingerprints are nowhere better encountered than in his music for clarinet, presented on this album by his great champion Einar Jóhannesson. Most of the pieces here are world premiere recordings, including the unusual Seasons featuring the darabuka, or goblet drum. Another premiere, the Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano was written as a companion piece for Beethoven’s Clarinet Trio and is a haunting dream dialogue into which Másson has woven Icelandic folk song. Blik, one of the composer's best loved works, explores diverse clarinet techniques, most notably multiphonics.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

Recorded at Víðistaðakirkja, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland, 11 March 2002 (track 10); 27 June (1, 6) and 17 September 2003 (5, 7–8); 9 January (11–12), 19 April (13), 9 June (2–4), & 29 October 2004 (9)
Producer: Bjarni Rúnar Bjarnason
Engineer & Editor: Halldór Vikingsson, Fermata
Recordings Publishers: Editions Bim, Switzerland (1–9, 11–13), ICE-MIC (10)
Booklet notes: Hilary Finch
Cover image: Lonely__ / iStockPhoto

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