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The Essential Emma Johnson - In Concert & In Recital


Release Date: 03/28/2000 
Label:  Asv   Catalog #: 238   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartBernhard Henrik CrusellCarl BaermannNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,   ... 
Performer:  Emma JohnsonJulius DrakeMalcolm MartineauGordon Back,   ... 
Conductor:  Raymond LeppardSir Charles GrovesIvor Bolton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Emma Johnson, one of those rare solo artists who has achieved and retained fame on the clarinet, has done so with recordings such as this one. Covering a wide range of styles and composers, she brings central focus to the instrument and its musical possibilities. Her playing of traditional material is dexterous and mature, such as in the late Mozart concerto, K622. From her first entrance, Johnson connects with the idiomatic quality of Mozart's phrasing, his unique ideas for the instrument.
Johnson does equally well with music of the twentieth century, blending her harmonies with the overtones of the rich piano chords in "La Fille Aux Chevaux De Lin" of Debussy. A transcription of a piece originally for piano, she treats it as such
Read more without sacrificing what she may bring to it. The same is true in the incomparable 'Three Preludes' of Gershwin, also originally for piano solo. One knows that Gershwin himself would delight in the deft slides of the clarinet (one of his favorite instruments) over his bluesy melodies. The quality of this recording is most remarkable in its continuity--never losing the clarinet or Johnson through a vast scope of diverse music. A quality recording worth owning. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Emma Johnson (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 28 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Clarinet no 2 in F minor, Op. 5 by Bernhard Henrik Crusell
Performer:  Emma Johnson (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1808; Sweden 
Length: 25 Minutes 2 Secs. 
3.
Adagio for Clarinet and Orchestra by Carl Baermann
Performer:  Emma Johnson (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
4.
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Emma Johnson (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Emma Johnson and Julius Drake 
5.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Emma Johnson (Clarinet), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
6.
Bagatelles (5) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 23 by Gerald Finzi
Performer:  Emma Johnson (Clarinet), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941-1943; England 
Length: 15 Minutes 24 Secs. 
7.
Preludes (3) for Piano by George Gershwin
Performer:  Emma Johnson (Clarinet), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Cohn 
8.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Performer:  Emma Johnson (Clarinet), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
9.
Préludes, Book 1: no 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Emma Johnson (Clarinet), Gordon Back (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Gordon Back 
10.
Phantasiestücke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Emma Johnson (Clarinet), Gordon Back (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 14 Secs. 
11.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Emma Johnson (Clarinet), Gordon Back (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Gordon Back 
12.
Woodland Sketches, Op. 51: no 1, To a Wild Rose by Edward MacDowell
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Emma Johnson (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Isaac 
13.
Victorian Kitchen Garden by Paul Reade
Performer:  Emma Johnson (Clarinet), Skaila Kanga (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 8 Minutes 25 Secs. 
14.
Scaramouche, Op. 165b by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Emma Johnson (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; France 
Length: 9 Minutes 40 Secs. 
15.
The Snowman: Walking In the Air by Howard Blake
Performer:  Emma Johnson (Clarinet), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
16.
Jamaican Rumba by Arthur Benjamin
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Emma Johnson (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
17.
Concerto for Clarinet no 2, Op. 115 by Malcolm Arnold
Performer:  Emma Johnson (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; England 
Length: 15 Minutes 35 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Excellent January 29, 2014 By Richard C. (DeKalb, IL) See All My Reviews "I had heard Emma Johnson on our local station WNIU. It was just one piece, but I really liked it so I tracked down her album and bought it. It was better than I expected. I play clarinet, but not like she does!" Report Abuse
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