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Clarinet Recital: Cox, Nicholas - BAX, A. / FISKE, R. / HAMILTON, I. / WOOD, H. / BENNETT, R.R. (The Thurston Connection)

The Thurston Connection

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2012

Originally recorded in 2011

Artists:

Nicholas Cox

clarinet

Ian Buckle

piano

Venue:

The Friary, Liverpool, England

31 Aug & 1 Sep 2011

Producer:

John Talbot



Engineer:

Paul Arden-Taylor



Record Label
British Music Society

Genre:

Chamber




Total Time - 68:35
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Clarinet Recital: Cox, Nicholas - BAX, A. / FISKE, R. / HAMILTON, I. / WOOD, H. / BENNETT, R.R. (The Thurston Connection)

English Music for Clarinet and Piano
   
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ARNOLD BAX

 

Sonata

 
1 I Molto moderato 8:57
2 II Vivace 5:07
   
 

ROGER FISKE

 

Sonata

 
3 I Andante con moto e rubato 7:20
4 II Variations 7:54
5 III Allegro molto 4:41
   
 

IAIN HAMILTON

 

Three Nocturnes Op.6

 
6 I Adagio mistico 3:43
7 II Allegro diabolico 3:18
8 III Lento tranquillo 4:23
   
 

HUGH WOOD

9 

Paraphrase on Bird of Paradise Op.26

12:56
   
 

RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT

10 

Duo Concertante

10:16
   


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...”

Gramophone magazine


“…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.”

BMS News
 




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