We’re extending Bernstein’s centenary just a bit longer! The clarinet sonata, his first published composition was premiered here in New England in 1942 with the 23-year-old composer at the piano. In his 1996 sextet, Guillaume Connesson brings together an unusual collection of instruments for a work exuding “amusement and good humor” with flickers of American minimalism and Schubert’s “Trout” quintet. For good measure, the program finishes with Brahms, the undisputed father of the string sextet, whose two works in the genre set the bar for future generations.
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Jon Manasse, clarinet • Pei-Shan Lee, piano
Shawn Hutchison, oboe • Jon Manasse, clarinet • David Bowlin, violin • Phillip Ying, viola • Kurt Muroki, bass • Elinor Freer, piano
String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 18
David Bowlin, Ayano Ninomiya, violin • Hsin-Yun Huang, Masumi Per Rostad, viola • Amir Eldan, Paul Katz, cello
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