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Sarah Williamson Plays Copland & Finzi

Copland / Finzi / Orch Of Swan / Curtis
Release Date: 12/14/2010 
Label:  Somm   Catalog #: 244   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Aaron CoplandGerald Finzi
Performer:  Sarah Williamson
Conductor:  David Curtis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Swan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Sarah Williamson finds appropriate colours for both (Copland and Finzi concertos) and makes light of their technical demands... We shall certainly be hearing of Sarah Williamson"

- BBC Music Magazine, August 2010

"This CD is notable for its careful observation of Copland's dynamic markings and for the neatness of playing by soloist and orchestra. An enjoyable account, particularly effective in ten long lines of the opening slow movement when Williamson's sound is thoroughly alluring. The other concerto, by Finzi, is another work that suits Williamson well. Again, her sound is as mellifluous as one could wish for in the more reflective or pastoral passages, but she also brings a welcome bite where
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- Nigel Simeone, International Record Review, June 2010

"Since being a BBC Young Musician finalist in 202, Williamson has made the Copland concerto her own, and here offers a convincing fusion of jazzy vitality and mellifluous tone. A perfect counterfoil is the anxiety-tinged lyricism of the Finzi." ****

- Classical Music Magazine, May 2010

"Sarah Williamson produces a beautifully regulated sound and matches her through the Finzi Concerto, luxuriating in the music's pastoral whimsy and phrasing with captivating sensitivity. Her sensuously velvety tone is projected without the slightest hint of breathiness, imparting a radiant cool to the Copland Concerto, especially in the jaunty finale where her gently cushioned staccato proves especially seductive. ....." *****

- Classic FM Magazine, June 2010
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Clarinet by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Sarah Williamson (Clarinet)
Conductor:  David Curtis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Swan
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947-1948; USA 
2.
Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  David Curtis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Swan
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; USA 
3.
Concerto for Clarinet in C minor, Op. 31 by Gerald Finzi
Performer:  Sarah Williamson (Clarinet)
Conductor:  David Curtis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Swan
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948-1949; England 
4.
Romance for String Orchestra in E flat major, Op. 11 by Gerald Finzi
Conductor:  David Curtis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Swan
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; England 

Sound Samples

Clarinet Concerto: I. Slowly and expressively -
Clarinet Concerto: I. Cadenza
Clarinet Concerto: II. Rather fast
Romance in E-Flat Major, Op. 11
Clarinet Concerto in C Minor, Op. 31: I. Allegro vigoroso
Clarinet Concerto in C Minor, Op. 31: II. Adagio, ma senza rigore
Clarinet Concerto in C Minor, Op. 31: III. Rondo: Allegro giocoso
Appalachian Spring: I. Very slowly
Appalachian Spring: II. Fast
Appalachian Spring: III. Moderato
Appalachian Spring: IV. Fast
Appalachian Spring: V. Still faster
Appalachian Spring: VI. As at first (slowly)
Appalachian Spring: VII. Calm and flowing
Appalachian Spring: VIII. Coda: Moderato

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