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Waiting For Benny / Julien Herve, Jean-hisanori Sugitani


Release Date: 04/30/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573032   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Francis PoulencLeonard BernsteinGeorge GershwinIgor Stravinsky,   ... 
Performer:  Julien HerveJean-Hisanori SugitaniYing Lai GreenMaud Lovett
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Renowned as a virtuoso jazz clarinetist and legendary bandleader, Benny Goodman is also remembered for the works he commissioned from leading composers of his day. Poulenc’s strikingly beautiful Clarinet Sonata was his last composition, while Bernstein’s was his first published piece. Both Gershwin and Stravinsky added their distinctive stamp to the swing vibe which was all the rage in the early 20th century. The jazz flavour of Morton Gould’s Benny’s Gig is heightened by the unusual coupling of clarinet and double bass, while pungent folk rhythms define Bartók’s virtuoso Contrasts. Renowned as a virtuoso jazz clarinetist and legendary bandleader, Benny Goodman is also remembered for the works he commissioned from leading composers of his day. Poulenc’s strikingly beautiful Clarinet Sonata was his last composition, while Bernstein’s was his first published piece. Both Gershwin and Stravinsky added their distinctive stamp to the swing vibe which was all the rage in the early 20th century. The jazz flavour of Morton Gould’s Benny’s Gig is heightened by the unusual coupling of clarinet and double bass, while pungent folk rhythms define Bartók’s virtuoso Contrasts. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Julien Herve (Clarinet), Jean-Hisanori Sugitani (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; France 
2.
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Julien Herve (Clarinet), Jean-Hisanori Sugitani (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941-1942; USA 
3.
Preludes (3) for Piano by George Gershwin
Performer:  Julien Herve (Clarinet), Jean-Hisanori Sugitani (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Notes: Arrangement: James Cohn 
4.
Pieces (3) for Clarinet solo by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Julien Herve (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Switzerland 
5.
Benny's Gig by Morton Gould
Performer:  Julien Herve (Clarinet), Ying Lai Green (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
6.
Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz 111 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Julien Herve (Clarinet), Jean-Hisanori Sugitani (Piano), Maud Lovett (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Budapest, Hungary 

Sound Samples

Clarinet Sonata, FP 184: I. Allegro tristamente: Allegretto - Tres calme - Tempo allegretto
Clarinet Sonata, FP 184: II. Romanza: Tres calme
Clarinet Sonata, FP 184: III. Allegro con fuoco: Tres anime
Clarinet Sonata: I. Grazioso
Clarinet Sonata: II. Andantino - Vivace e leggiero
3 Preludes (arr. J. Cohn for clarinet and piano): No. 1 in B flat major: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
3 Preludes (arr. J. Cohn for clarinet and piano): No. 2 in C sharp minor: Andante con moto e poco rubato
3 Preludes (arr. J. Cohn for clarinet and piano): No. 3 in E flat minor: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
3 Pieces for Solo Clarinet: No. 1. Sempre piano e molto tranquillo: quarter note = 52
3 Pieces for Solo Clarinet: No. 2. quarter note = 168
3 Pieces for Solo Clarinet: No. 3. quarter note = 160
Benny's Gig: I. Slow and nostalgic
Benny's Gig: II. Brisk, with drive
Benny's Gig: III. Very slow and hesitant
Benny's Gig: IV. Brisk
Benny's Gig: V. Slowly
Benny's Gig: VI. Calypso Serenade: Moderately moving
Benny's Gig: VII. Lazily moving
Benny's Gig: VIII. Jaunty
Contrasts, BB 116: I. Verbunkos (Recruiting Dance): Moderato, ben ritmato
Contrasts, BB 116: II. Piheno (Relaxation): Lento
Contrasts, BB 116: III. Sebes (Fast Dance): Allegro vivace

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