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For Clarinet and Strings


For Clarinet and Strings / Gemini ; Director: Ian Mitchell.

Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
Fire in Song (2020) for clarinet, viola, 2 clapstick-playing narrators
Recorded/performed at: St Michael's Church, Highgate, London, UK., on 6 Oct 20.
Sadie Harrison Gemini 13 mins, 48 sec.

Also includes: Clarinet quintet / Cyril Scott -- Songs without Words / Nicola LeFanu -- Lullaby / Howard Skempton -- Dream Odyssey / Tony Coe -- Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale / Rebecca Clarke -- Gemini Dances / Howard Skempton.

Product details

Ian Mitchell is a leading performer on all members of the clarinet family and has made recordings with most of them. He has also led Gemini for many years, bringing the ensemble to the top of the tree especially in contemporary chamber music. This album of works for clarinet and strings arose from a prize in the 1993 Prudential Awards, which provided initial funding to record three major but neglected works, by Cyril Scott, Howard Skempton and Rebecca Clarke, together with more recent pieces by Sadie Harrison and Nicola LeFanu and jazz legend Tony Coe. This is not a clarinet feature disc however, but a program of fine works involving that instrument 'in the mix'. Added to the album as a bonus is Skempton's Gemini Dances which adds flute, piano and percussion.

Duration: 73 min.

Contents note:

I. The World's lament -- II. Bandicoot and the hollow log -- III. Quail and the burning twig -- IV. Honey bees and the paperbark swamp -- V. Honey bees and the tall grass -- VI.  Baru the saltwater crocodile and the Ancient Fire -- VII. Lament for the whole world.

Liner notes include programme notes.

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