Rory Boyle: music for clarinet

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Building on the legacy of Rory Boyle’s own youthful studies as a clarinettist and pianist, the works on this new portrait disc span a near forty-year compositional period, from the Sonatina – written as a gift to Boyle’s teacher Lennox Berkeley – to Dramatis Personae and Burble, written for the present performers. Fraser Langton’s communicative flair in this music – with its striking rhythmic energy and refreshing absence of sentimentality – is infectious, while pianist James Willshire already has an acclaimed solo album of Boyle’s piano music to his credit (released on Delphian in 2011, Boyle’s sixtieth-birthday year). Together, and joined by Rosalind Ventris on viola in the concluding trio, they bring to life the composer’s inventiveness, humour, and unfailing sense of melodic line.

"Music of high organisation, clarity and expressive power here from Rory Boyle…Langton’s technique is sure, his musicianship all-encompassing and his head balanced with his heart."

"the sheer versatility of Boyle’s creativity is impressive, as are all the performances"

"It is not difficult to understand why Langton has been so assiduous in asking Boyle to write for him."

"Clarinettist Fraser Langton plays with virtuosic distinction throughout."
Producer: Paul Baxter
Release Date: 24 March 2017
Catalogue No: DCD34172
Total playing time: 1:0:08

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