Clarinetist Wesley Ferreira and pianist Gail Novak started the recital off with two works from his newly released CD, Madison Avenue. The title work, by composer Nick DiBerardino, acts as a vignette of New York providing a brief, energetic display of Ferreira’s control of tone through altissimo and glissando passages, and served as a great opener.
The second piece was Sonata for B-flat Clarinet and Piano by Nikola Resanovic. The four movements are performed attacca and are titled:
I. For the Money…
II. For the Show…
III. To get Ready…
IV. Go Cat, Go!
This sonata features flutter tonguing, pitch bends, and a cadenza (indicative of the jazz influence) leading into Ferreira’s enjoyable performance of the Balkan inspired final movement.
Philip Parker’s intense trio Alliterations was performed by Kelly Johnson (clarinet), Drew Irvin (violin), and Gail Novak (piano). The first movement, Canonic Conversations, started with a very impactful unison between the clarinet and violin, which then splits into canon between the three instruments. The ensemble then conveyed impressive communication as they conveyed the frantic feel of Split Spirals. Itinerant Interval provided a softer and darker movement before the explosive Linear Labyrinths finale.
Clarinetist Martin Castillos and pianist Dianne Frazer closed the recital with two energetic and lighthearted pieces. Alec Templeton’s Pocket Size Sonata No. 1 is a three-movement work that brings jazz into the classical recital realm. The first two movements are in the style of moderate jazz ballads, which showed off Castillos’ tasteful treatment of delicate, lyrical lines. The final movement was much more upbeat, creating a fun ending to the piece.
Paquito D’Rivera’s Vals Venezolano y Contradanza (arranged by Marco Rizo) was a great end to the recital. The first movement Vals shows the clarinet’s flexibility through all registers, and Allegro giocoso ended the work with an energized
–Notes by Jennifer Tinberg
Jennifer Tinberg is currently Adjunct Clarinet Faculty at Troy University and a doctoral student at Florida State University.