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Clarinet Fantasies - 

The debut CD recorded by Nadia Wilson and Martin Butler, 'Clarinet Fantasies' featuring the world premiere of Martin's 'Barlow Dale: Four Characteristic Pieces' is now available:

 

     

 Reviews:

Joseph Horovitz

“This is a highly enjoyable recording! The two artists match technical excellence with serious attention to various musical styles. I very much appreciate their performance of my sonatina.” 

Gramophone Magazine

"Inspired by the fictional adventures of a feline detective - Barlow Dale, something of a fusion of Sherlock Holmes, Poirot and Dr Finlay - the pieces depict the eponymous hero, a slow-witted Police Inspector, the elegant (Siamese) secretary Miss Honeyflower, and dastardly villain Asiam Rex. It is all light-hearted fun but how nice to see such a trifle still acknowledged and performed by its creator in this premiere recording four decades later."

British Music Society Journal

"At the centre of this programme are two works which deserve a larger audience. 'Barlow Dale: Four Characteristic Pieces' (1977) take their inspiration from cats in a feline-detective book by Ruth Siverns. They were written by Martin Butler at the age of seventeen and receive their premiere recording here with the composer at the piano. This quirky and energetic jazz-inspired soundworld has an immediate appeal and works superbly alongside Joseph Horovitz's finely-wrought Sonatina."

Clarinet and Saxophone Magazine

"Wilson easily brings out the four contrasting characters and projects the light-hearted nature with technical assurance……… The Horovitz was fun and playful with a lovely middle movement, while the Ireland had lyrical moments and good virtuosic control."

You can Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear excerpts from the CD, and the promotional video explaining the background story behind the recording can be found at the bottom of this page.

 

Promotional video featuring excerpts from the CD:-