ROBERT MUCZYNSKI (1929-2010): Fantasy Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 26, Cello Sonata, Op. 25, 6 Duos for Flute and Clarinet, Op. 24, Time Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 43, Flute Sonata, Op. 14.
Catalogue Number: 07T059
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: Muczynski's immensely appealing brand of American Romantic neo-classicism is on display throughout this recital of chamber works. Although echoes of Bernstein and Barber, Poulenc and Stravinsky are not hard to find - Barber, for instance in the eloquent sweep of the Cello Sonata, Poulenc in the witty, elegant clarinet trio - Muczynski's fondness for blues-tinted harmonies, the robust, open-air quality of his melodic and rhythmic language and breezy humor mark out an unmistakably individual idiom. The theme of the finale of the trio, for instance, is Hoyt Curtin's theme for "The Flintstones", reimagined to the point at which it takes a while to realise that that's what you're hearing. The Cello Sonata is a significant specimen of the genre, in the traditional four-movement scheme, with the first a fine set of variations, and the slow movement a deeply expressive drama. The elegant little duos are distinguished by getting about as much expression and character as is conceivable out of varied dialogues between two monodic instruments, and the suite of Time Pieces likewise explore the expressive and technical resources of the clarinet in four lively character pieces. The Flute Sonata - plenty of Poulenc here - comprises a tense, agitated sonata-allegro, a sparking scherzo, an intimate, impressionistic andante, and a sprightly rondo-finale. Ginevra Petrucci (flute), Gleb Kanasevich (clarinet), Dorotea Racz (cello), Dmitry Samogray (piano).