Gordian Knots by The British Clarinet Ensemble
Featuring works by British Composers. Michael Ball: Concertino, Alan Bullard: Cyclic Harmonym, Paul Hart: Eric's Czardas, Eric Hughes: Celebration Overture, Gordon Lewin: Grand Old Duke of York, Guy Woolfenden: Gordian Knots
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|1||CELEBRATION OVERTURE||ERIC HUGHES||6.37|
|GORDIAN KNOTS||GUY WOOLFENDEN||12.58|
|6||ERIC’S CZARDAS||PAUL HART||10.55|
|7||CYCLIC HARMONY||ALAN BULLARD||10.28|
|8||THE GRAND OLD DUKE OF YORK||GORDON LEWIN||4.38|
|TOTAL PLAYING TIME 51.41|
LEADER - VERITY BUTLER
Celebration was written in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Year 1977 for John Denman's Clarinet choir at the University of Idaho and was first performed by them in November of that year. In 1982 it came to the notice of John MacKenzie, administrator of the BCE, who performed it on several occasions with the Darlington Clarinet Ensemble and included it in the programme for the BCEs' first tour to Finland. The piece has no specific programme, but is meant as a light hearted "celebration" as befits its title; it has a more serious middle section which makes oblique references to the thematic content of the exuberant outer sections.
In collaboration with choreographer Andre Provovsky, he has arranged the music for four full length ballets, which he has subsequently conducted in productions with The Australian Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Tokyo and The Kirov Ballet in St Petersburg. Guy Woolfenden is Chairman of the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles and, with the enormous success of his wind music, is enjoying new opportunities to conduct wind orchestras all over the world. Guy Woolfenden is an Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Gordian Knots - In 1995 the musical world celebrated the tercentenary of the death of Henry Purcell, and the BBC broadcast every note he ever wrote. That same year I was researching the songs Purcell composed for The Wive's Excuse, a rarely performed play by Thomas Southerne which the Royal Shakespeare Company was reviving, and I was once again bowled over by the wit, exuberance and pathos of Purcell's theatre music. There is, of course, no original clarinet music by Henry Purcell, and the idea came to me that I could celebrate his tercentenary, give clarinetists a treat, and fulfil a commission by the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain. The music is inspired by, and draws on the music that Purcell wrote for The Gordian Knot Unty'd (1691).
The last movement is a Jig in which Purcell ingeniously incorporates the tune Lilliburlero as a ground bass.
Gordian Knots was first performed by the British Clarinet Ensemble in Finland in July 1995, under the direction of Charles Hine. The piece is dedicated to my brother Peter, who sadly died during its composition.
Concertino was commissioned by the Berkshire Young Musicians' Trust for their own Clarinet Choir and their conductor, Charles Henwood. The piece was written during the summer of 1997 and first heard in workshop performance during the 1998 Conference of British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.
Eric's Czardas was commissioned by the British Clarinet Ensemble for the 1996 Annual Conference of the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles held at Warwick University. The piece typifies the composers' ebullient style, masterfully written for the combination and exploiting its potential and virtuosity to the full. In all it is a piece full of verve and good humour.
Cyclic Harmony was written for the British Clarinet Ensemble and was first performed in July 1998 at the EuroCass Festival in Krakow, Poland. Based on a simple but logical melodic and harmonic drive with rich sonorous chords it makes full use of the wide range of the ensemble.
The Grand Old of Duke of York was written in 1995 at the request of the British Clarinet Ensemble for their tour of Finland, premiered in Helsinki, broadcast later that year from the BASBWE Conference at the Royal Northern College of Music, and later performed at the first EuroCass Conference in Budapest, In this arrangement the traditional British tune is subjected to a variety of tongue-in-cheek military allusions.
The British Clarinet Ensemble, sponsored by the Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain, was formed in 1995. The full range of the clarinet family, Eb clarinet. Bb Clarinet, Alto Clarinet, Basset Horn, Bass Clarinet and Contrabass Clarinet, is heard in the ensemble. Since its debut the BCE has commissioned new works from British composers as well as performing existing repertoire.
In July 1995 the BCE toured Finland as guests of the Finnish Clarinet Society and concerts included a collaboration with the Finnish Clarinet Ensemble to give the first performance of "Vento" by Jukka Tiensuu. Since then the ensemble has given regular performances both in the UK and abroad performing at Annual Conferences of the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles, the British Clarinet Choir Convention, the British Clarinet Congress, the European Clarinet & Saxophone Congress and the 1999 ICA International Clarinetfest. Gervase de Peyer, clarinet, Kyle Horch, saxophone, the Northern Saxophone Quartet and the Chinook Clarinet Quartet have appeared as soloists with the BCE.
Knots" is dedicated to the memory of Graham Brooker,
The cover design "Gordian Knot" is a polished bronze sculpture by John Robinson from the private collections of both Robert A. Hefner III (USA) and the Philip Trust collection UK. The sculpture is reproduced with the permission of the sculptor and EDITION LIMITEE Geneva, the owners of the copyright. In the 1970s Robinson began the UNIVERSE SERIES OF SYMBOLIC SCULPTURE that now comprises over one hundred works, including sculptures in bronze, wood, stainless steel and marble and eleven tapestries.
|THIS RECORDING HAS SEEN PRODUCED WITH SUPPORT FROM THE COLCHESTER INSTITUTE, ANGLIA POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY & THE CLARINET & SAXOPHONE SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN|
|RECORDED AT ALL
SAINTS CHURCH, EAST FINCHLEY, LONDON AUGUST 1999
PRODUCER & EDITOR ; MIKE PURTON
RECORDING ENGINEER : ELEANOR THOMASON
PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATOR ; JOHN MACKENZIE
LAYOUT & COVER : GORDIAN PRINT LTD., MIDDLESBROUGH
|© 1999 BRITISH CLARINET ENSEMBLE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BCE -0099|
|Label:||British Clarinet Ensemble|
The British Clarinet Ensemble was formed in 1995 to tour to Finland as guests of the Finnish Clarinet Ensemble. Concerts were given in Helsinki, Kotka, Uusikaupunki and Valkeakoski.
Their British debut was in November 1995 at the Annual Conference of the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Members of the BCE include clarinet teachers, students, professional and amateur players. BCE is sponsored by the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain.
Charles Hine studied clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music where he received numerous awards including the Geoffrey Hawkes Prize for Clarinet, the Lady Holland Prize for Composition and the Recital Diploma. During his studies he won the "Young Musician" Award for South East England and has since been honoured with an ARAM. Since the early 1970s Charles has followed a career as a clarinettist, holding principal positions with some of Britain's leading orchestras as well as continuing to give solo recitals and concerto performances. He has premiered many works for solo clarinet. Charles is a founder member of the Vega Wind Quintet, one of the countries leading chamber ensembles and the only Wind Quintet to be invited to appear at the 'Proms'. The group broadcasts regularly for the BBC and appears at major Festivals both at home and abroad together with commissioning an extensive portfolio of new quintets by major British composers. He also has written a large number of compositions, including works for wind. His 'Variations' for Wind Quintet and arrangements for Clarinet Choir are published by Harlequin Music. Charles is deeply involved with the promotion of Wind music and especially its educational aspect including being Chairman of the BASBWE (British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles) Education Trust and a Council member of the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain. He is currently Head of Woodwind Studies and Performance Studies at the Colchester Institute School of Music where he directs the Wind Orchestra. He also conducts the Royal College of Music Junior Dept. Wind Orchestra and directs its Clarinet Choir. Charles has also been invited to be a guest conductor by orchestras and bands in England and Scotland. Much in demand as an adjudicator, Charles has chaired the assessment panels for the National Concert Band Festival the National Festival of Music for Youth as well as leading seminars and giving clinics and master classes on all aspects of clarinet, wind ensemble and band playing.
BCE programmes reflect the ensembles policy of commissioning new works for clarinet ensemble and also programming existing repertoire both original compositions, transcriptions and arrangements.To date the following composers have written works for the BCE;