"This piece is a fantastic tour-de-force of the clarinet's best qualities. The outer movements are very vibrant with plenty of room for lively articulation, fast fingers and dynamic contrast,and the middle movement is wonderfully lyrical, giving the player the opportunity to produce some beautiful sustained phrases. Most importantly, the piece has the extremely rare quality of successfully combining a number of styles and influences whilst remaining entirely convincing and unique in itself."

 

Max Welford, clarinetist with the Marylebone Wind Quintet.

Three Dances After Midnight

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"Three Dances After Midnight" is a joyous suite of pieces. The writing is virtuoso in the outer movements, while the second movement, Before Dawn, has a beautiful simplicity. Influences as diverse as Debussy, Prokofiev and Klezmer mingle into a whole that is appropriately elusive, suggestive and above all, tremendous fun."

 

Marcus Andrews, Pianist.

"These attractive miniatures for clarinet and piano would appeal to performers who wish to introduce a note of playful vigour into a programme as well as subtle homage to English precursors such as Gerald Finzi. The outer movements present rhythmic challenges to the duo - a well-rehearsed partnership will enjoy "cutting a dash" - while the clarinet's cantilena in the meditative central movement provides repose. A beautifully crafted addition to the instrument's repertoire."

 

Phillip Scott, Conductor of the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain.

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