The Maltese composer Charles Camilleri usually finds his music recorded
in categories, which is like a meal in a can rather than set out on a plate.
This compilation is mostly that which has come into being as a mark of respect
to his clarinettist friend David Campbell. But variety is paramount, so
the mix has enough to accommodate a listener's ears for the total duration
of nearly 62 minutes -clarinet solo, two clarinets, clarinet and piano,
clarinet, violin and piano, two clarinets and piano.
Those without previous knowledge of Camilleri's music will discover
that plentiful colour and much textural variety keeps the ears alert to
development, or conversely a deliberate stasis as elements remain almost
motionless will be experienced in other pieces. Camilleri composes as the
mood dictates, so a fascinating range of music is discovered [listen
-- track 3, 1:00-1:45]. My ears caught delicate responses to external
events, reflecting on two indigenous instruments with unusual sonorities
in Tibet for two clarinets, and the tension of Sarajevo 99 with
clarinet and piano [listen -- track 7, 1:10-2:10].
These performers recreate the essential spirit of the music, which makes
for authentic performance and an opportunity to enter its specific soundworld.
Copyright © 7 March 2001
Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK
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