This BMS album features a recital of music for clarinet and piano of which a major portion of works included is directly linked with the career of the renowned English clarinettist Frederick Thurston (1901-1953). Included on the album are première recordings of two works dedicated to Thurston: the Clarinet Sonata by Roger Fiske, and Iain Hamilton’s Three Nocturnes; and also featured is a performance of Arnold Bax’s popular Clarinet Sonata in a newly prepared revision by Nicholas Cox, who is currently Principal Clarinettist in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The two remaining works on the programme, by Hugh Wood and Richard Rodney Bennett, were written for Nicholas Cox, who gave the first performance of each.
"... Cox’s dynamic control is exemplary, and the busy piano part is never allowed to dominate."
Bernard Hughes - Tempo magazine - January 2013
“...It’s an incredibly attractive piece...Cox and Buckle judge the lighter mood of this finale just right. [Fiske] ...Buckle is a more forceful partner to Cox than Michael McHale is for (Michael) Collins, matching his partner’s impassioned, forceful playing. Both accounts are superb. [Bax]...Cox is comfortable in the dazzling virtuosity required and is a fine ambassador for the work. [Wood]...a well-balanced disc, offering the opportunity to hear much music unrecorded elsewhere...It deserves every success.”
International Record Review
“...Cox’s readings are deeply sympathetic...a virtuoso display of agility and control...”
“…Cox’s tone is variegated and warmly communicative, and his articulation excellent…an excellent recording, then, well engineered, and with a booklet that offers everything a listener needs to appreciate a well balanced selection of works.”