Clarinet Classics is proud and delighted to honour one of the world’s most brilliant and versatile composers and musician. To celebrate his 75th birthday, Clarinet Classics is releasing a CD which features many of Richard Rodney Bennett’s works for clarinet.
This CD, a rich and diverse collection of works, will be of great interest to listeners who wish to hear some of Richard Rodney Bennett’s more serious music.
The founder and artistic director of Clarinet Classics, Victoria Soames Samek, whose many recordings are celebrated for their masterly and musical interpretation, is joined on this fascinating and colourful disc by duo partner and pianist Michael Bell. The Inspirity String Quartet and East Winds also perform.
Well known for his film music and interest in jazz, Richard Rodney Bennett's scores include Far from the Madding Crowd and Four Weddings and Funeral.
World Premiere recording for this CD of the Bass Clarinet Sonata, newly transcribed from his Sonata for bassoon and piano by permission of the composer.
His rarely heard Clarinet Quintet – a master work of the 20th century for this combination of clarinet and strings.
A personal note from the composer.
The beautiful and melancholic Ballad in memory of Shirley Horn
His dynamic and exciting Duo, performed on this CD with electric precision by Samek and Bell.