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Carnac

Carnac

  • By Jon Carnac
  • Release 15/01/2014
  • Media Format CD
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The Musicians Jon Carnac Jon Carnac studied Clarinet at The Royal College of Music in London with Colin Bradbury, John McCaw and Bob Hill. He regularly plays Principal Clarinet with most of the Country's leading Orchetras including The London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia and BBC Symphony Orchestras. He has performed all over the world and recorded with many of the worlds greatest conductors including Georg Solti, Bernard Haitink, Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Maris Jansons, Kurt Masur and Vladimir Jurowski. As a chamber musician and soloist Jon frequently broadcasts on BBC radio and television and has performed both globally and in London at The Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, St Martin- in-the- Fields, Wigmore Hall and 10 Downing Street! As a busy studio musician Jon plays Principal Clarinet on numerous film sountracks, including scores by John Williams, Howard Shore, James Horner, Hans Zimmer, Michel Legrand and Jerry Goldsmith. His playing has also been featured on albums by artists including Paul McCartney, Sting, Mark Knofler, Robbie Williams, Peter Gabriel and Stevie Wonder. Jeremy Young London born pianist Jeremy Young has gained a reputation as one of the UK's most respected and versatile musicians. He has partnered many of the world's most distinguished musicians including Olivier Charlier, Mark Padmore, Julian Bliss, Liwei Qin, Thomas Riebi and Karine Georgian in venues such as The Lincoln Center, Herbst Theater (San Francisco), National Concert Hall (Dublin), Esplanade Hall (Singapore), Almaty Concert Hall (Kazakhstan) and Wigmore Hall. Festival appearances include Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Graz, Lake District, Harrogate, Endellion, Brighton, City of London and Dartington. He appears as solo recitalist in venues such as Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, The Arts House (Singapore), Hsingchu Concert Hall (Taiwan), Bridgewater Hall (Manchester) and the Southbank Centre. Jeremy has broadcast for BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, RTE Lyric FM, BBC TV, Channel 4 and radio in USA, China, Russia and Europe. Recordings are available on EMI Asia, Decca, Sony, Meridian, Signum and Somm. Jeremy studied at the Purcell School of Music, The Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music (RCNM). He is currently the Head of Chamber Music at the RNCM and Artistic Director of the Alfriston Summer Music Festival in Sussex. Repertoire Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Fantasiestücke op.73 In 1849 Schumann produced several collections of short chamber works for various instruments with piano.The 3 Fantasiesucke op.73 (Fantasy Pieces) were written over two days in February 1849 and were originally entitled "Night Pieces".Each piece has it's own individual personality and shows a progressive increase in animation giving the feel of an Instrumental Song Cycle or" Songs Without Words". Furthermore, the composer directs the performers to play each piece "attacca",clearly demonstrating that the three pieces were conceived as a unified whole. Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) Sonata Bernstein was one of the most charismatic musicians of the 20th Century. As a composer, conductor, pianist, author, music teacher and lecturer he was, according to the New York Times, "one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American History". The Clarinet Sonata was written during 1941 and 1942 and was Bernstein's first published piece. He was studying in Tanglewood at this time with Paul Hindemith and Aaron Copland and the influence of the former is very apparent in the lyrical 1st Movement.The 2nd Movement begins "Andantino" and then moves into a fast "Vivace e Leggiero" section where Bernstein comes fully into his own. The music here is strongly rhythmic and syncopated and foreshadows Benstein's most famous work in West Side Story. Mark-Anthony Turnage (b.1960) I wrote 'Carnac' and 'Falling apart' especially for my great friend and fabulous clarinetist Jon Carnac. At school I was a frustrated clarinet player. I ended up at the back of the line when they handed out the instruments, so to my disgust and disappointment I ended up with the flute! So I've always wished I'd played the Clarinet and it features heavily in a lot of my work. 'Carnac' was written as a request for a grading piece for the associated board. It's in ABA form with a fanfare outer A sections and a more lyrical B section. 'Falling apart' was written as a request from Jon for a piece he could play in a recital and then record for this disc. I was studying the opening of Beethoven's Grosse Fugue while I was writing it so occasionally it breaks into a fragment of a bar from that great masterpiece but often the music just stops or falls apart into silence. Some people though, might think, as Jon and I are big Arsenal fans, it refers to the plight of the Arsenal team over the last five or six seasons! I'll leave that for the listener to decide. MAT Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1828) Grand Duo Concertant op.48 Weber was primarily known as the first of the Great Romantic Composers and the founder of The German Romantic Opera (Der Freishutz). He was also one of the Greatest Pianists and Conductor's of his day. His friendship with Heinrich Joseph Baermann, one of the best clarinettist of that time, inspired Weber to become a major composer for the instrument. His solo works for Clarinet include two concertos, a concertino, quintet with strings and two works with Piano-An Introduction, Theme and Variations and The Grand Duo Concertant. The Grand Duo (1816) represents Weber's last solo work for the instrument and is unique from the others in two ways. Firstly, it is the only work to present an equal juxtaposition of two virtuoso solo parts rather than a Soloist with accompaniment. As the title suggests, it is very much a Duo! Secondly, it is the only composition not to be dedicated to Baermann and was first performed by Johann Hermstadt (Louis Spohr's favoured Clarinettist) with Weber himself at the Piano. The writing for the each instrument is highly virtuosic but this does not mean that the work is a show-piece and nothing more. There is a powerful and expressive slow movement and The Finale contains a Romantic section in D flat which reminds us of Weber's operatic traditions. Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Petite Pièce In France, the greatest composers are not ashamed to write pieces for students at The Paris Conservatoire. A delightful example of this is Debussy's "Petite Pièce" which was written in 1910 as a sight-reading exercise. It is a short, dance-like movement charmingly evolved from the simplest of material.

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Title: Carnac
Release Date: 15/01/2014
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 888174354064
Item #: 1072146X
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