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Origines & départs: French music for clarinet and piano


Born in the Canary Islands and resident for many years in Scotland, clarinettist Maximiliano Martín follows up his Delphian solo debut – a collection of concertante works recorded with the symphony orchestra of his native Tenerife – with a programme for clarinet and piano that similarly explores the ways in which music can express national character as well as tracking more personal life journeys.

Maxi’s infectious personality is reflected in this deeply personal album, a joyous exploration of French repertoire (from the tenderness of Saint-Saëns’s clarinet sonata to the playfulness of Poulenc’s) that is supplemented by recent works from the two places he calls home: exquisite miniatures from the Scottish composer Eddie McGuire and the Tenerife-born Gustavo Trujillo.

"This soloist positively luxuriates in the sounds he makes, exerting a storyteller’s grip on the listener’s ear. Even the world-weary Arthur Honegger sounds like a crisp breath of January air. The unseasonal cherry in the fruitbowl is an elegiac waltz by one Eddie McGuire, a vista of austere Scottish hills in the lengthening afternoon. You won’t want to miss it"

★ ★ ★ ★

Release Date: 25 February 2022
Catalogue No: DCD34280
Total playing time: 1:08:25
Recorded on 24 & 25 June 2021 in Perth Concert Hall
Producer/Editor: Paul Baxter
24-bit digital editing: Jack Davis
24-bit digital mastering: Paul Baxter
Design: John Christ
Booklet editor: Henry Howard
Cover photography: Jen Owens
Session photography:
Singing In Secret: Clandestine Catholic Music by William Byrd CD Delphian Records


Saint-Saens:Clarinet Sonata in E-flat major - ii. allegro animato

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