Jack Brymer

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Born: January 27, 1915; South Shields, England   Died: September 15, 2003; Brighton  
Widely considered the dean of British clarinetists up to his death in 2003, Jack Brymer once said that "the ability to play the clarinet is the ability to overcome the imperfections of the instrument," adding that "there's no such thing as a perfect clarinet, never was and never will be." Brymer was working as a schoolteacher and had just given his debut recital on BBC Radio when his friend Dennis Brain, the prominent horn player, suggested that Read more he audition for the empty first clarinet chair in Britain's new Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1947. He was picked by conductor Sir Thomas Beecham and remained with the Royal Philharmonic for 16 years, later joining the BBC Symphony (1963-1972) and the London Symphony (1972-1985, retiring on his 70th birthday). Brymer's three recordings of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto are considered classics, and one was heard in the film Out of Africa. He also recorded other clarinet and wind ensemble music of Mozart, as well as several Romantic-era concertos, but he knew and performed more music than he ever recorded. One other Jack Brymer performance that everyone knows, however, is that of the clarinet part in the long orchestral crescendo in the Beatles' "A Day in the Life." Atypically for players of his time, Brymer also investigated music by some of the lesser-known composers of the Classical era. Brymer wrote two books, hosted radio programs, and served as a professor at several top British music schools, including the Royal Military School of Music. From time to time he played jazz clarinet in British clubs, and he also recorded as part of the jazz group of his best-known student, saxophonist John Harle. Read less

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Born: January 27, 1915; South Shields, England   Died: September 15, 2003; Brighton  
Widely considered the dean of British clarinetists up to his death in 2003, Jack Brymer once said that "the ability to play the clarinet is the ability to overcome the imperfections of the instrument," adding that "there's no such thing as a perfect clarinet, never was and never will be." Brymer was working as a schoolteacher and had just given his debut recital on BBC Radio when his friend Dennis Brain, the prominent horn player, suggested that Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Mozart: Serenade in B flat, K.361 "Gran partita" - 1. Largo - Allegro molto
Mozart: Serenade in B flat, K.361 "Gran partita" - 2. Menuetto (Allegretto) - Trio I-II
Mozart: Serenade in B flat, K.361 "Gran partita" - 3. Adagio
Mozart: Serenade in B flat, K.361 "Gran partita" - 4. Menuetto (Allegretto) - Trio I-II
Mozart: Serenade in B flat, K.361 "Gran partita" - 5. Romanze (Adagio - Allegretto - Adagio)
Mozart: Serenade in B flat, K.361 "Gran partita" - 6. Thema con 6 variazioni (Andante)
Mozart: Serenade in B flat, K.361 "Gran partita" - 7. Finale (Molto allegro)
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.166 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.166 - 2. Menuetto
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.166 - 3. Andante grazioso
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.166 - 4. Adagio
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.166 - 5. Allegro
Mozart: Divertimento in F, K.213 - 1. Allegro spiritoso
Mozart: Divertimento in F, K.213 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Divertimento in F, K.213 - 3. Menuetto
Mozart: Divertimento in F, K.213 - 4. Contredanse en Rondeau (Molto allegro)
Mozart: Serenade in E flat, K.375 - 1. Allegro maestoso
Mozart: Serenade in E flat, K.375 - 2. Menuetto
Mozart: Serenade in E flat, K.375 - 3. Adagio
Mozart: Serenade in E flat, K.375 - 4. Menuetto
Mozart: Serenade in E flat, K.375 - 5. Finale (Allegro)
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.270 - 1. Allegro molto
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.270 - 2. Andantino
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.270 - 3. Menuetto (Moderato)
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.270 - 4. Presto
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.252 - 1. Andante
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.252 - 2. Menuetto
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.252 - 3. Polonaise (Andante)
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.252 - 4. Presto assai
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.289 - 1. Adagio - Allegro
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.289 - 2. Menuetto
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.289 - 3. Adagio
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.289 - 4. Finale (Presto)
Mozart: Serenade in C minor, K.388 "Nacht Musik" - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Serenade in C minor, K.388 "Nacht Musik" - 2. Andante
Mozart: Serenade in C minor, K.388 "Nacht Musik" - 3. Menuetto in canone
Mozart: Serenade in C minor, K.388 "Nacht Musik" - 4. Allegro
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.186 - 1. Allegro assai
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.186 - 2. Menuetto
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.186 - 3. Andante
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.186 - 4. Adagio
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.186 - 5. Allegro
Mozart: Divertimento in F, K.253 - 1. Tema con variazioni (Andante)
Mozart: Divertimento in F, K.253 - 2. Menuetto
Mozart: Divertimento in F, K.253 - 3. Allegro assai
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.240 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.240 - 2. Andante grazioso
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.240 - 3. Menuetto
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.240 - 4. Allegro
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, KA 226 - 1. Allegro moderato
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, KA 226 - 2. Menuetto - Trio
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, KA 226 - 3. Romance: Adagio ma un poco andante
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, KA 226 - 4. Menuetto - Trio
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, KA 226 - 5. Rondo: Andante


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