THE ESSENTIAL EMMA JOHNSON
'... beautifully expressed in the highest musical terms ...'
with BILL NEWMAN
Coinciding with Emma's new Mozart/Weber disc with her friends (to be
featured shortly in Planning Your Collection) comes
this lovely cross-section of favourite, best-selling recordings - compiled
of course, by the excellent Ray Crick - to whet your appetites. The essential,
important items are concertos by Mozart, Weber and Sir Malcolm Arnold [listen - CD1, track 10, 1:28-2.25, 'The Pre-Goodman
Rag'], which along with Baermann's serene Wagner's Adagio, feature
this highly popular artiste's wonderful controlled fluency, perfectly judged
tempi and dynamics and brilliant versatility. You won't be kept long in
suspense to realize how the ECO and the three conductors adapt their stylistic
approach to every phrase by solo clarinet, and John Boyden - for a change
- must have had a producer's control room field day!
The programme for CD2 is the bee's knees - Paul Reade's delectable The
Victorian Kitchen Garden Suite, Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumble-Bee
[listen - CD2, track 6, 0.57-1.18], Rachmaninov's
gorgeous Vocalise, Schumann's 3 Fantasiestücke, that
French duo - Debussy's La Fille aux Cheveux de lin and Ravel's Pavane
pour une Infante defunte, the zany Scaramouche Suite by Milhaud,
and his older colleague Satie's Gymnopédie No 1.
The typical jazzy cum middle-of-the-road renderings that bring in an
even wider audience wherever she plays come in the shape of 3 Gershwin Preludes,
MacDowell's To a Wild Rose, Howard Blake's major TV success Walking
on Air from The Snowman and the perennial Jamaican Rumba
by Arthur Benjamin. My personal favourite - because I still remember a more
pleasurable world of bygone years - is Gerald Finzi's Five Bagatelles,
but sentiments so beautifully expressed in the highest musical terms - composer
and performers alike - cannot fail to please.
Copyright © 15 July 2000
Bill Newman, Edgware, UK
CD INFORMATION - ASV CD DCS 238
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