Julien Herve (clarinet), Jean-Hisanori Sugitani (piano), Maud Lovett (violin), Ying Lai Green (double bass)
Renowned as a virtuoso jazz clarinetist and legendary bandleader, Benny Goodman is also remembered for the works he commissioned from leading composers of his day. Poulenc's strikingly beautiful Clarinet Sonata was his last composition, while Bernstein's was his first published piece. Both Gershwin and Stravinsky added their distinctive stamp to the swing vibe which was all the rage in the early 20th Century. The jazz flavour of Morton Gould's Benny's Gig is heightened by the unusual coupling of clarinet and double bass, while pungent folk rhythms define Bartok's virtuoso Contrasts. While no clarinetist or contemporary music fan will be unaware of the importance of Benny Goodman to the repertoire, there are few if any chamber music programs dedicated to the music he commissioned. Supported by leading musicians in their field, virtuoso clarinetist Julien Herve steps nimbly into Goodman's shoes, having been named 'Classical Music Revelation of 2005' by the ADAMI, and won the Grand Prix of the 7th International Competition of Musical Personnalities Alexandre Tansman in 2008 (Poland) among numerous otherawards.
Poulenc Clarinet Sonata, Bernstein Clarinet Sonata, Gershwin Three Preludes (arr. J Cohn), Stravinsky Three Pieces, Gould Benny's Gig, Bartok Contrasts
Running Time: 1 hr 7 min