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Plane: Contrasts - Impressions of Hungary


Release Date: 09/01/2017 
Label:  Champs Hill Records   Catalog #: 132  
Composer:  Béla BartókMiklós RózsaTibor SerlyGyörgy Kurtág,   ... 
Performer:  Alec Frank-GemmillLucy GouldAlice NearyRobert Plane,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Acclaimed and award-winning clarinettist Robert Plane presents a highly spiced collection of Hungarian music by Bartok, Rozsa, Weiner, Dohnanyi and Kurtag. This release includes the world premiere recording of a piece by Tibor Serly, better known as the completer of Bartok’s Viola Concerto. Plane discovered the piece quite by accident, through a chance meeting with saxophonist Chris Gradwell who had originally intended to give the UK premiere. "I couldn’t believe that such an atmospheric and infectiously witty piece had lain undiscovered for so long.” The music embraces the spirit of Hollywood, albeit tongue-in-cheek. Plane is joined by Gould Piano Trio members Lucy Gould and Benjamin Frith in Bartok’s Contrasts (1938), which was Read more commissioned by Benny Goodman for him to play with violinist Joseph Szigeti. The two outer rhythmic dance movements are interspersed with a slower ‘Relaxation’ with the addition of piano, which Bartok added in 1940. The most substantial work on the album is Dohna´nyi’s Sextet in C major, Op.37, written in 1935, his final major chamber composition. Demanding considerable virtuosity from its players, it is very much in the post-Brahms style with which Dohna´nyi was most comfortable. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz 111 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Alec Frank-Gemmill (Horn), Lucy Gould (Violin), Alice Neary (Cello),
Robert Plane (Clarinet), David Adams (Viola), Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Budapest, Hungary 
2.
Sonatina for Clarinet solo, Op. 27 by Miklós Rózsa
Performer:  Alec Frank-Gemmill (Horn), Lucy Gould (Violin), Alice Neary (Cello),
Robert Plane (Clarinet), David Adams (Viola), Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957 
3.
Chamber Folk Music by Tibor Serly
Performer:  Alec Frank-Gemmill (Horn), Lucy Gould (Violin), Alice Neary (Cello),
Robert Plane (Clarinet), David Adams (Viola), Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Hungary 
4.
Hommage a Robert Schumann, Op. 15d by György Kurtág
Performer:  Alec Frank-Gemmill (Horn), Lucy Gould (Violin), Alice Neary (Cello),
Robert Plane (Clarinet), David Adams (Viola), Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; Hungary 
5.
Két tétel by Leó Weiner
Performer:  Alec Frank-Gemmill (Horn), Lucy Gould (Violin), Alice Neary (Cello),
Robert Plane (Clarinet), David Adams (Viola), Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Hungary 
6.
Sextet for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Clarinet and Horn in C major, Op. 37 by Ernö von Dohnányi
Performer:  Alec Frank-Gemmill (Horn), Lucy Gould (Violin), Alice Neary (Cello),
Robert Plane (Clarinet), David Adams (Viola), Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Budapest, Hungary 

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