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Amber Waves- American Clarinet Music / Stoltzman, Vallecillo


Release Date: 12/29/2009 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 62685   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George GershwinLeonard BernsteinWilliam Thomas McKinleyClare Fisher,   ... 
Performer:  Irma VallecilloRichard Stoltzman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Stoltzman plays in a uniquely personal style - bent notes and microtonal slides in near vocal effects. Magical!

Richard Stoltzman could be claimed as the James Galway of the clarinet. He has developed the personality of the instrument in new ways, often drawing on jazz effects, in what he regards as an American tradition. And he has a considerable following. He has recorded major pieces like the Corigliano Concerto (RCA, 4/89), but in this collection he's simply relaxing.

He starts with an ingenious arrangement of Gershwin's piano pieces, the Three Preludes, where the few extra effects in both clarinet and piano are completely idiomatic. Then there's Bernstein's early Sonata, another American classic,
Read more which Stoltzman has now recorded in Sid Ramin's orchestration (RCA, 12193).

W. T. McKinley makes his debut in the British catalogue with a recent, rather overblown, fourmovement Sonata and so does Clare Fisher with Sonatine. There's nothing very individual in either work, but Stoltzman obviously enjoys playing them. The real gems come when he goes deeper into jazz, especially Jimmy Rowles's The Peacocks, which was used in the soundtrack of Round Midnight. This brings out everything in Stoltzman's unique style - bent notes and microtonal slides in near vocal effects. Magical!

Dick Hyman is another jazz pianist and composer. He has recorded a complete Joplin and has written rags himself. His Clarinata is a red-hot encore with a soupy middle section. Finally Stoltzman plays his own arrangement of Amazing Grace, starting unaccompanied, and very touching it is too. Altogether an attractive collection, well recorded, with some uniquely personal playing.

-- Gramophone [9/1996]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Preludes (3) for Piano by George Gershwin
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 6 Minutes 20 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941-1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 11 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by William Thomas McKinley
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 25 Minutes 21 Secs. 
4.
Sonatine for Clarinet and Piano by Clare Fisher
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 21 Minutes 21 Secs. 
5.
Clarinata by Dick Hyman
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
6.
The Peacocks by Jimmy Rowles
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
7.
Amazing Grace by Traditional
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 

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