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Chamber Works
Vol. 1 w/ Clarinet

Tomas Svoboda

Michael Anderson - Cl.
T.Svoboda - piano
American Symphonia

chamber ensembles
and solo clarinet
upc# 6 11226 00162 9

Duration: 67 min.

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About this Recording

   This collection is the fifth all-Svoboda title on the NPM label and the second of chamber works other than solo and multiple piano collections. What sets this collection apart is the prominence of clarinet. In addition to its strong presence in the quintet and trio, there are two solo works, a duet and a sonata with the composer at the piano.

   All clarinet playing, except that of duet partner, Todd Kuhns, is by Michael Anderson, a former student and friend of the composer, Tomas Svoboda -- a long-time friendship both on and off the stage. Anderson is a masterful artist on one of Svoboda's most cherished instruments.

   This recording was made in conjunction with a concert of the same works at the Oregon Festival of American Music's, John G. Shedd concert hall in Eugene, Oregon. About that concert, Eugene critic, Brett Campbell wrote in the on-line publication, Andante.com, "At a recent Oregon concert of Svoboda works by members of the American Symphonia, the composer's recent turn to a more relaxed, even playful idiom emerged in danceable works for solo piano and clarinet in various combinations. When those works are released on North Pacific (a CD of his orchestral music by the Oregon Symphony is also due soon), we'll have a better a sense of how the music of this American master has progressed from severity to accessibility, winning listeners without compromising his integrity."

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SONATA for Clarinet and Piano, Op.167 (2000)  
    [1]  Allegro comodo LISTEN
    [2]  Lento ma non troppo LISTEN
    [3]  Allegro LISTEN
FOLK DANCE for Clarinet, Op.132 (1988)  
    [4]  Allegro LISTEN
CONVERSATIONS for Two Clarinets, Op. 157 (1997)  
    [5]  Vivace LISTEN
    [6]  Moderato - Allegro LISTEN
    [7]  Molto allegro LISTEN
SUMMER TRIO for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon, Op.159 (1997)  
    [ 8 ]  Con moto LISTEN
    [ 9 ]  Allegretto LISTEN
    [10]  Larghetto LISTEN
    [11]  Vivace LISTEN
CONFESSION - One Movement for Clarinet, Op.122 (1985)  
    [12]  Lento poco rubato LISTEN
CONCERTO for Woodwind Quintet, Op.111 (1983-97)  
    [13]  Allegro (Clarinet) LISTEN
    [14]  Lento mediativo (Oboe) LISTEN
    [15]  Vivace (Bassoon) LISTEN
    [16]  Andante (French Horn) LISTEN
    [17]  Allegro molto ritmico (Flute) LISTEN


"The music is a total pleasure!"
-- Bill Baker - WCNY (Syracuse, NY)

"I believe in the music. I believe in the composer. I think it's music people should hear. All these pieces...should be part of the repertoire of all classical clarinetists everywhere." -- Michael Anderson - Principal Clarinet, Eugene Symphony Orchestra (OR)

"...a talent to be reckoned with."
-- San Francisco Examiner

"...skillfully made...exciting virtuosity...brilliant scherzo..."
-- American Record Guide, re: "Four Visions for One, Two and Three Pianos." (Jan-Feb 2003 issue)

"...most heartfelt and appropriate... decidedly Coplandesque in its harmonic language, yet with something original to say as well."
-- New York Times; re: Svoboda's Chorale in E flat (homage to Aaron Copland) Op. 118 for Piano Quintet

"Ever since we got our first look at some of his music we have been convinced of his marvelous talent."
-- The Piano Quarterly

"...as talented in playing the piano as he is in writing for it."
-- Los Angeles Times

"...bridges the gap between tonal and atonal music..."
"...dramatic and often texturally complex."
"...a totally personal and very interesting musical voice."

-- David Denton - Fanfare Magazine (March-April 2001 issue)

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Tomas Svoboda's works are heard
on the NPM recordings:

Chamber Works - The Definitive Collection - beautifully packaged 5 disc set of Svoboda's NPM releases

Dreams of a Dancer - Trio Spektrum

Children's Treasure Box - composer at the piano

Four Visions - Music for 1, 2 & 3 Pianos - composer at the piano with David Svec & Daniel Wiesner

Music from Bohemia - Trio Spektrum

Nine Etudes in Fugue Style - composer at the piano

Piano Four Hands - Tomassetti & Cooper

Piano Trios - Members of the Martinu String Qt. w/ the composer at the piano. (recipient of a 2001 American Record Guide Critics' Choice Award)

Piano Works, Vol. 1 - composer at the piano

String Quartets, No. 1-4 - Martinu Quartet

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