KAROL RATHAUS (1895-1954): Sonata, Op. 21, PIOTR PERKOWSKI (1901-1990): Sonata, ANTONI SZALOWSKI (1907-1973): Sonatina, WITOLD LUTOSLAWSKI (1913-1994): 5 Dance Preludes, KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI (b.1933): 3 Miniatures, PIOTR MOSS (b.1949): Elegia V.
Catalogue Number: 07O068
Label: Clarinet Classics
Description: All these Polish clarinet works are tonal: Pendereckiís 1959 Miniatures are spiky like Stravinsky or Prokofiev; Szalowski (1936) in Gallic neo-classical style; Rathaus (1927) pushes tonal boundaries a little in the second-longest piece here - a three-movement sonata of over 16 minutes - but doesnít stray too far from expressionist late romanticism; Perkowski (1955) embraces both neo-classical brevity and neo-Romantic lyricism while the biggest piece on the disc, written for this recording, is Mossí 19-minute Elegia. If you remember his orchestral disc which we offered back in December (12N080), youíll also remember that he writes film scores, and this work runs like a series of psychological mindscapes, from anxious to angry to phlegmatic, which bounce off of each other, tonality and atonality used expressively for mood- and tone-painting. Jean-Marc Fessard (clarinet), Jadwiga Lewczuk (piano).