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Daniel Dorff: Perennials

Dorff,C.
Release Date: 02/12/2013 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1404   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Daniel DorffJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Shannon ScottLeonard GarrisonRajung Yang
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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DORFF Perennials. Three Romances. Bach Invention Arrangements. Andante con Variazioni for flute and clarinet. Three Little Waltzes. Two Cats. Dances and Canons. Pastorale Shannon Scott (cl); Leonard Garrison (fl); Rajung Yang (pn) ALBANY 1404 (66:23)



The music on this disc spans 36 years in the career of Daniel Dorff, from 1975 to 2011. So this is a retrospective, in a way, and yet there is a remarkable consistency of style and quality in his Read more writing. The core of Dorff’s influence, by his own admission, is the French tradition of woodwind writing, which favors lyrical phrasing and natural pacing. Dorff has studied with some of the most adventuresome composers of the second half of the 20th century, including George Crumb, Richard Wernick, George Rochberg and Ralph Shapey, but his own voice is unabashedly tonal and accessible. Much of his material was specifically written for his many musician friends. Dorff prides himself on creating musical material that musicians really enjoy playing, and that shows in all of this music, which is favored with delicious performances.


Besides the stimulus of the players, Dorff, who contributes the charming notes for this release, also recounts some amusing circumstances that resulted in the music on the program. Two Cats , for example, was written for a fundraiser for the Dutchess County, New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and is a witty dual portrait of a 20-pound tuxedo cat and a petite Bengal. The Pastorale is an ode to that ancient tradition of singing for one’s supper; Dorff wrote it as wedding music for a friend who regularly played at the piano bar of a popular Philadelphia restaurant, Frög , thus the subtitle, Souvenirs du Frög. Interspersed in this compelling mix are four elegant arrangements of Bach Inventions, which introduce a nicely contrasting baroque texture to the essentially Gallic sensibility.


There are no thunderbolts of innovation in this collection, but simply very satisfying, beautifully crafted works, delectably performed. If you need those thunderbolts, look elsewhere. If you think you might enjoy a rich soufflé of wonderfully conceived and executed chamber music, dig in.


FANFARE: Peter Burwasser
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Works on This Recording

1. Perennials for flute, clarinet and piano by Daniel Dorff
Performer:  Shannon Scott (Clarinet), Leonard Garrison (Flute), Rajung Yang (Piano)
2. Romances (3) for flute and clarinet by Daniel Dorff
Performer:  Shannon Scott (Clarinet), Leonard Garrison (Flute)
3. Andante con Variazioni for flute and clarinet by Daniel Dorff
Performer:  Shannon Scott (Clarinet), Leonard Garrison (Flute)
4. Little Waltzes (3) for flute and clarinet by Daniel Dorff
Performer:  Shannon Scott (Clarinet), Leonard Garrison (Flute)
5. Two Cats for flute and clarinet by Daniel Dorff
Performer:  Shannon Scott (Clarinet), Leonard Garrison (Flute)
6. Dances and Canons for flute and clarinet by Daniel Dorff
Performer:  Shannon Scott (Clarinet), Leonard Garrison (Flute)
7. Souvenirs du Frög: Pastorale by Daniel Dorff
Performer:  Shannon Scott (Clarinet), Rajung Yang (Piano)
8. Two-Part Invention no 8 in F major, BWV 779 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Shannon Scott (Clarinet), Leonard Garrison (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: Arranged for flute & clarinet. 
9. Two-Part Invention no 6 in E major, BWV 777 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Shannon Scott (Clarinet), Leonard Garrison (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: Arranged for flute & clarinet. 
10. Two-Part Invention no 4 in D minor, BWV 775 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Shannon Scott (Clarinet), Leonard Garrison (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: Arranged for flute & clarinet. 
11. Two-Part Invention no 1 in C major, BWV 772 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Shannon Scott (Clarinet), Leonard Garrison (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: Arranged for flute & clarinet. 

Sound Samples

Perennials: I. Joyous Overture
Perennials: II. Romanza
Perennials: III. Scherzo
Perennials: IV. Winter Prayer
Perennials: V. Spring Awakening
3 Romances: No. 1. Languid
3 Romances: No. 2. Sultry
3 Romances: No. 3. Frisky
2-Part Inventions, BWV 772-786 (arr. D. Dorff for flute and clarinet): 2-Part Inventions, BWV 772-786: Invention No. 1 in C Major, BWV 772 (arr. D. Dorff for flute and clarinet)
Andante con Variazioni
2-Part Inventions, BWV 772-786 (arr. D. Dorff for flute and clarinet): 2-Part Inventions, BWV 772-786: Invention No. 4 in D Minor, BWV 775 (arr. D. Dorff for flute and clarinet)
3 Little Waltzes: Little Waltz No. 1
3 Little Waltzes: Little Waltz No. 2
3 Little Waltzes: Little Waltz No. 3
2-Part Inventions, BWV 772-786 (arr. D. Dorff for flute and clarinet): 2-Part Inventions, BWV 772-786: Invention No. 6 in E Major, BWV 777 (arr. D. Dorff for flute and clarinet)
2 Cats: No. 1. Hootie
2 Cats: No. 2. Tiki
2-Part Inventions, BWV 772-786 (arr. D. Dorff for flute and clarinet): 2-Part Inventions, BWV 772-786: Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779 (arr. D. Dorff for flute and clarinet)
Dances and Canons: No. 1. Waltz
Dances and Canons: No. 2. Canon
Dances and Canons: No. 3. Ballade
Dances and Canons: No. 4. Canon
Dances and Canons: No. 5. Invention
Dances and Canons: No. 6. Dance
Dances and Canons: No. 7. Nocturne
Dances and Canons: No. 8. Canon
Dances and Canons: No. 9. Dance
Pastorale (Souvenirs du Frog)

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