Crystal Records CD332, Mel Warner

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Description automatically generatedCD332: Clarinet Candescence.  Melvin Warner, Clarinet.  With Diane Ragains, Soprano; Allan Dameron, Piano; Sylvia Reynolds, Piano; Peter Middleton, Flute; Jerry Horner, Viola.  Carl Maria von Weber, Fantasia and Rondo and Grand Duo Concertant; Igor Stravinsky, Three Songs from William Shakespeare; Krzysztof Penderecki, 3 Miniature; Donald Martino, A Set for Clarinet; Louis Spohr, Six German Songs; William O. Smith, Five Pieces.  UPC 00941473322-1       BUY NOW

This compact disc features some of the most exciting music ever composed for the clarinet.  Melvin Warner’s original release on LP was called “a real find, one of the finest clarinet recordings I have yet to hear.” by Edward Tatnall Canby writing in Audio Magazine.
҉”Smith and Martino unaccompanied pieces, Warner is an artist in his element Fluid, stylish, and in complete command of the music’s considerable technical difficulties, including frequent, large shifts in register.”> Fanfare Magazine, Jan/Feb 2007

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von Weber: Grand Duo ConcertantMvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3    Smith: Five Pieces:  Vigorous    Flowing   Rhythmic   Singing    Spirited     Spohr: Six German Songs:  Sei still mein Herz    Zwiegesang    Sehnsucht   Wiegenlied    Das heimliche Lied    Wach auf     Martino: A Set for Clarinet:  Allegro    Adagio   Allegro     Stravinsky: Three Songs:  Musick to heare    Full fadom five    When Dasies pied     Penderecki: 3 Miniature:  Allegro    Andante cantabile    Allegro ma non troppo     von Weber: Fantasia and Rondo:  Adagio ma non troppo    Allegro giojoso


Melvin Warner, Until his death, Warner was Professor Emeritus of Clarinet and Chamber Music at Northern Illinois University, was associate principal clarinet with the St. Louis Symphony and for many years served as guest principal clarinet with the San Diego Symphony. Currently, he is the principal clarinet of the Chicago Sinfonietta and has performed frequently with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He received the B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of Southern California and taught at San Diego State University and the University of California at San Diego. He currently serves on the summer faculty of Idyllwild Arts.

    Warner made his solo debut with the Oakland Symphony when he was 15. Active as a chamber musician, Warner was a founder of the Pacific Woodwind Quintet and the Quintetto da Camera, which won first place in the prestigious Coleman Chamber Auditions. He has also been guest artist with the Arianna, Shanghai, and Vermeer string quartets. Warner has participated in summer music festivals such as the Bay Chamber Concerts in Maine, Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, and the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois. He was a member of Midsummer music, a chamber ensemble performing in Door County, Wisconsin each summer.

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