"This wide-ranging collection of works for clarinet and piano makes a superb showcase for the prize-winning Spanish clarinettist Cristo barrios. His tone is not just beautiful but finelugraded over the widest dynamic and expressive range. Not only that, his response to lyrical writing, ever sensitive, is matched by his natural feeling for jazzy Cuban rhythms and the seven-in-a-bar so beloved by Bernstein as well as others among the composers represented here.... Though the clarinet is forwardly balanced in the recording, that allows one to appreciate the artistry of Christo Barrios all the more clearly, well matched by his pianist, Clinton Cormany."
Edward Greenfield - Gramophone Awards issue - 2011
A nice recital for clarinet and piano...These two pros are on top of their game and can make this basic instrumentation sound like a lot more. Charming in its deceptive simplicity, the best cats always make it look easy.”
“[Barrios] can certainly play and this very varied recital gives him ample opportunity to display us his abilities. Bernstein’s Sonata... is a gem and would grace any recital. With such fine playing from both musicians, every piece comes alive and speaks in its own voice. The sound is good. Most enjoyable.”
“Cristo Barrios and Clinton Cormany present...[their repertoire] in the best possible light. In the lower registers Barrios has a wonderfully rich tone and he is an alert, sensitive player. Cormany contributes as much musical intelligence to the programme as Barrios.”
Raymond S. Tuttle
International Record Review
“This compilation of 20th century music for clarinet and piano draws together works infused with melody, such as the Bernstein and Bax sonatas, with the atonal qualities of Alban Berg’s work...the piece by conductor/composer Esa-Pekka Salonen is also a work that demands close listening. Great playing!”
Classic FM Magazine
"A nice balanced programme to extend 20.C clarinettists’ repertoire, without venturing too far into extended techniques etc. All well played and recorded by Simon Fox."
Peter Grahame Woolf
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