NEW AMERICAN WORKS FOR CLARINET features compositions by Jonathan Sacks, Roger Davidson, and William Thomas McKinley as recorded by Richard Stoltzman, the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, and conductor Carl St. Clair.
FROM THE LINER NOTES:
Breath tranformed to tone. A thin sliver of bamboo vibrates, fingers flash, and composers call each of us to hear sounds emanating from their souls. For me, this MMC recording represents the sixth CD in a journey to learn and perform music for clarinet written by over twenty-five American composers. This odyssey represents more than a decade of partnership with MMC and a lifetime of friendship with William Thomas McKinley.
The works on this CD seem to speak with me personally about openings into the unconscious; meditation on basic intervals of tension, poignancy, and resignation; qualities of sadness; and the weirdly weaving whirls with our partners in life’s dances.
– Richard Stoltzman, 2007
Below you can Play samples from the CD.
Meditation - excerpt