SUGGESTIONS

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Title

SUGGESTIONS
 
Artist: 
 
Other Artists: 
Fujiya, Naomi - piano
Label: 
Edipan
 
Binding: 
Audio CD
 
Catalog Number: 
CD PAN 3088
 
Number of discs: 
1
 
Release date: 
2010
 
 

Tracks

No. Work Instruments Composer Year Duration
1. Sieben Variationen bassett horn, piano Ludwig van Beethoven - 9:57
2. Petite pièce clarinet, piano Claude Debussy - 1:52
3. Suggestions op. 113 bass clarinet, piano Teresa Procaccini - 6:16
4. Légende et Divertissement: I. Légende bass clarinet, piano Jules Semler-Collery 1953 3:15
5. Légende et Divertissement: II. Divertissement bass clarinet, piano Jules Semler-Collery 1953 3:08
6. Fantasiestucke op.73: I. Zart und mit Ausdruck clarinet, piano Robert Schumann 1849 3:00
7. Fantasiestucke op.73: II. Lebhaft, leicht clarinet, piano Robert Schumann 1849 3:13
8. Fantasiestucke op.73: III. Rasch und mit Feuer clarinet, piano Robert Schumann 1849 3:58
9. Introduzione, Tema con Variazioni bassett horn, piano Girolamo Salieri - 11:17
10. Adagio and Allegro op.70 bass clarinet, piano Robert Schumann 1849 8:39
11. Tre Pezzi op. 125: I. Presto bass clarinet, piano Teresa Procaccini - 2:37
12. Tre Pezzi op. 125: II. Lebhaft, leicht bass clarinet, piano Teresa Procaccini - 2:28
13. Tre Pezzi op. 125: III. Allegro bass clarinet, piano Teresa Procaccini - 3:03

Music Information

EDI-PAN presents a captivating CD which fills a significant discographic gap: there is generally a scarce availability for bass clarinet and basset horn in the catalogues of a record label, which makes the musical itinerary conceived by the Duo Berti - Fujiya an absolute novelty, both for the specific instruments involved and the selection of pieces ranging from the end of the 1700s to the present day, including five original works and three transcriptions arranged by the Duo themselves.

Ludwig van Beethoven’s (1770-1827) SIEBEN VARIATIONEN on the theme “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen” from “The Magic Flute” by W.A.Mozart opens this CD. The original composition for cello and piano has been transcribed for basset horn and transposed to a key which is better suited to this instrument. These charming variations were composed when Beethoven was thirty-one, and clearly reveal his fascination for the story and the music of “The Magic Flute” which inspired such an expressive composition. The two instruments converse expressing a range of moods: melancholy, yearning, determination. The transcription for basset horn sheds a new light on this piece, which is also characterised by the demanding piano part.

A completely different atmosphere is evoked by Claude Debussy’s (1862-1918) PETITE PIÈCE for clarinet and piano. Originally composed for an exam at the Conservatory of Paris in 1920, it’s a shame that such a pleasant, delicate piece should be so brief!

A piece for bass clarinet and piano follows, SUGGESTIONS op. 113 (1987) by Teresa Procaccini (1934), which is characterised by fragmented play of small rhythmic cells and is preceded by the bass clarinet’s slow, expressive cadenza that opens the piece. These two elements characterize all the piece and are taken on until the end with an ever increasing dynamism.

LÉGEND ET DIVERTISSEMENT for bass clarinet and piano by Jules Semler- Collery (1902-1988) is a virtuoso piece, highly enjoyable, striking and well-written. Semler-Collery was a composer, conductor and teacher living in the 1900s, however his style doesn ‘t bear the signs of the many changes which occurred over the past century. Judging by this piece, composed for an unusual instrument such as the bass clarinet, the composer reveals strong ties to his teachers D’Indy and Vidal.

FANTASIESTÜCKE op. 73 by Robert Schumann (1810-1856) for clarinet and piano is one of the most important chamber works by this author, whose 200th anniversary falls this year. The three pieces are characterised by different moods but form a unified whole, partly by their tonality, which alternates between A minor and A major, but also by the composer’s instructions to play them without any breaks. In the first piece, a song without words, the clarinet unfolds a romantic melody supported by a constant triplet- rhythm on the piano. In the second, an Intermezzo, a joyous melody is shared between the clarinet and piano. A central section follows in F major, which then returns to the first piece, ending with an elegant Coda. In the third piece, fast and with fire - rich with triplet-rhythms - the piano is dominant, but is counterbalanced by an animated melody for the clarinet. After a brief central section, the first part resumes and than ends with an extended Coda.

The piece which follows, INTRODUZIONE, TEMA CON VARIAZIONI for basset horn and piano, is by Girolamo Salieri (1794-1838), a clarinet player and composer famed for being the nephew (and student) of the more renowned Antonio, one of Mozart’s contemporaries. The original score, currently in the library of the Conservatory of Milan, is for basset horn and string on a theme from the opera “I Crociati a Tolemaide” by Giovanni Pacini. This piece undoubtedly aims to highlight the technical and expressive potential of the instrument, and succeeds through an increasingly virtuoso and enjoyable set of variations.

Next is another composition by Robert Schumann, ADAGIO UND ALLEGRO op. 70 for bass clarinet and piano, transcribed from the original for horn. 1849 was Schuman’s productive year both for the number of compositions and the variety of genres, including choral pieces, works for piano, voice, solo instrument and piano, and orchestra. One of Schuman’s aims at the time, was to compose music which could also be played by amateurs who would gather to play in private houses (hence the name “Hausmusik”). ADAGIO UND ALLEGRO was composed specifically for this purpose, originally for horn, then Schumann made two other versions for violin or cello. The adagio develops a line of evocative lyrical phrases alternating between the instruments, while the Allegro, a Rondo, after a vigorous first part alternates romantic episodes with rhythmic melodies derived from the Adagio.

The TRE PEZZI op. 125 (1990) for bass clarinet and piano by Teresa Procaccini which close the CD, are a new version of the same pieces for bassoon and piano. The first international performance was recorded live at the Tokyo Clarinet Festival in 2008, and was thus commented by a critic: ”We note a mature compositional dexterity, which is clear from the opening presto, with its light-hearted geniality. The music is bright, with playful, ironic, mocking tones. The andante is interspersed with calm melodic suspensions which contrast with the flowing allegro finale, constructed upon a sort of perpetuum mobile for piano. Smooth and lively, full of great vitality, the piece expresses a warm irony which plays against the serious tones of the bass clarinet, which are thrown into pirouettes and disjointed melodic movements.”

Teresa Procaccini