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Palimpsest / Mika & Richard Stoltzman

Release Date: 06/07/2019 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 2409  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachMaurice RavelWilliam Thomas McKinleyJohn Zorn,   ... 
Performer:  Mika StoltzmanRichard StoltzmanHector del CurtoPedro Giraudo
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Clarinet legend Richard Stoltzman and virtuoso marimbist Mika Stoltzman present a stunning collection of arrangements evoking the past and new works of the present, including music by J.S. Bach, William Thomas McKinley, Astor Piazzolla, Maurice Ravel and John Zorn. Two-time Grammy Award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman is known as a captivating recitalist, chamber musician, and jazz performer, as well as a prolific recording artist. He gave the first clarinet recitals in the histories of both the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall. In 1986, Stoltzman became the first wind player to be awarded the Avery Fisher Prize. Recently he was awarded the prestigious Sanford Medal by the Yale School of Music. Mika Stoltzman has been described by The Read more Los Angeles Times as a “high-wire jazz marimbist... an amazing, energetic performer ready for major exposure,” and a “Japanese Marimba Maestro,” by Time Out New York. All About Jazz raves, “Mika Stoltzman is beyond category, to use Duke Ellington's signature compliment.” Mika has toured to 19 countries and 65 cities around the world. She has performed nine times at Carnegie Hall (Zankel and Weill Hall), as well as at PASIC 2005 and 2007, the Blue Note in New York, the Tokyo and Cairo Jazz Festivals, and the Rockport Jazz Festival.



You might not expect much from this release: albums by married partners are surely enjoyable for the players involved, but rarely top-notch. Forget all your reservations: this is terrific. The talents of clarinetist Richard Stoltzman are well known, but even his followers may be unaware of the work of his wife, the marimbist Mika Stoltzman. Her background is in jazz, but here she shows herself an entrancing classical player on an instrument with little tradition. The playing of both principals is beautiful, and has the desired X factor of empathy. However, it is the arrangements that really excel. Altogether, absolutely superb, an unexpected masterpiece.

– All Music Guide (James Manheim) Read less

Works on This Recording

Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Mika Stoltzman (Marimba), Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Hector del Curto (Bandoneon)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5th movement, Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Mika Stoltzman (Marimba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Mika Stoltzman (Marimba)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
Mostly Blues by William Thomas McKinley
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Mika Stoltzman (Marimba)
Palimpsest by John Zorn
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Mika Stoltzman (Marimba)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
Etudes Tanguistiques (6) for Flute solo: no 5, Allegro by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1987 
María de Buenos Aires: Fuga y misterio by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Hector del Curto (Bandoneon), Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Mika Stoltzman (Marimba),
Pedro Giraudo (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; Argentina 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Excellent Compositions, Superbly Played August 16, 2019 By J. Pour (Claresholm, AB) See All My Reviews "Terrific recording. Nothing not to like, IF you enjoy clarinet and marimba as I do. Solo and duo performances, and one ensemble piece which adds acoustic bass and bandoneon. Compositions are an eclectic mix of old, new and things in between. Nice program. Highly recommended." Report Abuse
 A brilliant musical partnership July 7, 2019 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "Darius Milhaud introduced the marimba into the classical orchestra with his extraordinary 1947 Concerto for Marimba and Vibraphone, and composers from Leoš Janá?ek to Steve Reich were quick to introduce the striking colours this marvellous instrument can add to chamber and orchestral works. This new disc from marimbist Mike Stoltzman and her husband, clarinettist Richard Stoltzman, provides a great overview of various styles ("from Bach to Zorn" is a great way to talk about a wide range of music!) Mika Stoltzman's own adaptation of Bach's perfectly adaptable Chaconne, from his D minor Partita for Solo Violin, shows the musical and emotional range of the instrument, as well as her own brilliant playing. Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte is another work that's made its way into many, many arrangements, and Richard Stoltzman's version for marimba & clarinet sounds exotic and familiar at the same time, in other words, just right for this kind of music. For me the highlight of the album was the John Zorn piece which provides the title of the project. Richard Stoltzman describes the work in the liner notes: "Mika begins by playing quite tonal music, and then the clarinet jumps in with something abstract and arrhythmic, with crazy leaping intervals, almost as if Ornette Coleman had stepped into the room, and it keeps in conflict with the steady metre of the “old manuscript” underneath Mika’s part. It’s really fun to play, and it has been a surprise hit with audiences." So many of the pieces here (including the Bach arrangements) are jazz- and blues- inflected. The Piazzolla works seem so natural, partly because the great composer from Argentina worked in his own jazz/classical idiom, but also because of the groove that the Stoltzmans and bandoneonist Pedro Giraudo are in throughout." Report Abuse
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