2017 | 2018 Season
Fiona Cross (clarinet); Nigel Clayton (piano)
Wednesday 10 January, 2018 at 01:10 pm
Schumann Fantasiestucke Op 73 for clarinet and piano
Debussy Rhapsodie | Martinu Clarinet Sonatina
Gershwin 3 preludes for clarinet and piano
Horovitz Sonatina for clarinet and piano
I have heard Fiona’s intensely musical playing on many occasions in her role as Principal Clarinet for the Manchester Camerata, and am delighted that she has agreed to play for us this season.
The Schumann and the Debussy are two of the greatest pieces in the clarinet repertoire, atmospheric and very expressive, and a contrast to the more energetic and lively sonatinas by Martinu and Horovitz, whose tuneful piece Fiona has worked on with the composer. The Gershwin preludes are best known in violin and in piano arrangements, but the clarinet gives them a particularly jazzy tinge.
Nigel Clayton is an excellent and experienced chamber music player, and Fiona’s long-term playing partner, which promises some stunning ensemble playing!