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ISN'T THIS A TIME? - AMERICAN MUSIC FOR CLARINET
IAN MITCHELL

Ian Mitchell is without doubt one of the leading exponents of contemporary music for clarinet, both as soloist and as chamber and orchestral player. This album presents works by American composers (including the jazz legend Bill Smith in his alter ego of art-music composer) which have very individual styles and outlooks, presenting many challenges for the performer.

The works demonstrate a strong personal creativity and all are quite unusual – some using narration alongside the music and others building on existing works such as Peter Warlock’s “Sleep”. Ian Mitchell plays a variety of instruments including the Double Clarinet - and percussion, piano and voice.

 


CD DURATION:  55:23

AUDIO SAMPLE:
William O. Smith: Epitaphs - A Soldier




dealer release date: 11 September, 2015
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CD program:
William O. Smith:
Reflection *
Epitaphs
Peter Warlock / Barney Childs:
Sleep and then Going On **
Eric Mandat:
Etude for Barney
Christian Wolff:
For One, Two or Three People
Isn't This a Time
Dark as a Dungeon
Merle Travis:
Dark as a Dungeon *
John Cage:
Sonata for Clarinet
Tom Johnson:
Bedtime Story No. 12

* Trinity Laban Clarinet Class 2013 (voices)
** Lynton Atkinson (tenor) and
Aleksander Szram (piano)

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“Clarinettist Mitchell constantly exceeds expectations with free-spirited interpretations of contemporary repertoire. Truly special.” - The Musician

“This avant garde CD features Ian Mitchell, who is one of the leading exponents of contemporary music for clarinet. It's not an easy album to review as it varies so much over its 55 minutes or so. It's not an album you can play and relax to but it is interesting and stimulating; you've got to approach it in the spirit in which it was made, technically demanding yet suffused with joy at being able to do it.” - Jeremy Condliffe (The Chronicle)

“This is an artist who can play anything and would probably have little trouble finding some­one to record yet another Mozart Clarinet Concerto with him. Instead, he chose to record the music offered here. Don't expect appreciation to come immediately. This is not that kind of music. But let it have its time, don't make assumptions regarding what it should be, and "let the music do what it wants to do," to quote Tom Johnson quoting Morton Feldman. The investment in time will pay dividends to anyone who appreciates intriguing new paths to explore.” - Ronald E. Grames (Fanfare)