Voices of Trees

Voices of Trees

by Florie Rothenberg
     
 
Little-heard are modern compositions most of the time, with most classical musicians as well as fans opting more often for the classics, as it were. Seattle-based clarinetist Florie Rothenberg wanted to push the envelope a bit in response to this, finding compositions from modern female composers specifically for the clarinet and piano. The recording opens with the

Overview

Little-heard are modern compositions most of the time, with most classical musicians as well as fans opting more often for the classics, as it were. Seattle-based clarinetist Florie Rothenberg wanted to push the envelope a bit in response to this, finding compositions from modern female composers specifically for the clarinet and piano. The recording opens with the title composition, a fairly pastoral series written just for the album by Rothenberg's accompanist Rachel Matthews. From the pastoral format of the opening series, the album moves to a somewhat more modern, disjointed sound with Joan Tower's "Fantasy." Libby Larsen's "Dancing Solo" suite would nearly fit into the aesthetic of Gershwin's "American in Paris," and South African composer Priaulx Rainier's "Suite for Clarinet and Pianoforte" seems to decompose the two instruments into their primordial elements, thrashing against one another for periods and working together for periods, always showcasing their singular aspects. Rothenberg does each piece justice, using the clarinet in a starring role rarely heard in the bulk of classical music (and really, in any popular music). Rachel Matthews accompanies ably, keeping herself in the background throughout the majority of the album and coming forward only when the composition demands it of her. Modern female compositions for the clarinet are certainly something of a niche sub-genre, but this duo works well within the restriction.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2008
Label:
Origin Classical
UPC:
0805553300320
catalogNumber:
33003

Tracks

  1. Voices of Trees, for clarinet & piano  - Rachel Matthews
  2. Fantasy for clarinet & piano (". . . Those Harbor Lights")  - Joan Tower  - John Bishop  - Rachel Matthews  - Florie Rothenberg
  3. Dancing Solo, for clarinet  - Libby Larsen  - John Bishop  - Rachel Matthews  - Florie Rothenberg
  4. Suite for clarinet & piano  - Priaulx Rainier  - John Bishop  - Rachel Matthews  - Florie Rothenberg

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