[ Paladino Music / CD ]
Release Date: Saturday 31 May 2014
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'Father & Son' is the first complete album made internationally available of Dimitri and Vladimir Ashkenazy as a duo. Dimitri Ashkenazy selected some of his favourite fantasies and fantasy pieces, and besides all-time hits such as Schumann's Op.73, there is music by the Swiss Romantic Johann Carl Eschmann to discover. A must for every music-lover!
"The Ashkenazy family is so full of musical talent that I bet their pets play instruments. Dimitri Ashkenazy here reveals himself to be a talented, poetical clarinetist, with a clear tone and an affinity for the charming "fantasy pieces" of romantic composers.
Every single work here is called a "Fantasy piece for clarinet and piano"...Most of them stay well within the parameters Schumann set when he helped invent the genre, although Reinecke offers some ear-catching harmonies and the very young Carl Nielsen supplies a memorable little miniature. Niels Wilhelm Gade's contribution affirms my suspicion that everything Gade wrote is charming.
Whether you're a clarinet enthusiast, a traveler of romantic side-roads, or a member of the Ashkenazy fan club, you'll appreciate this recital. The playing time is short, but the engineering is superb."
Eschmann: Fantasy Pieces for clarinet and piano, Op. 9
Gade, N: Fantasiestücke Op. 43
Nielsen: Fantasy Piece in G minor for clarinet & piano, FS3h
Reinecke: Fantasiestücke, Op. 22
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 73