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Cohn: Sonatas & Chamber Music

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Little Overture for wind quintet, Op 59
  2. Sonata for clarinet & piano, Op 56: Movement 1
  3. Sonata for clarinet & piano, Op 56: Movement 2
  4. Sonata for clarinet & piano, Op 56: Movement 3
  5. Sonata Romantica for double-bass & piano, Op 18
  6. Sonata Romantica for double-bass & piano, Op 18
  7. Sonata Romantica for double-bass & piano, Op 18
  8. Wind Quintet, Op 36b
  9. Wind Quintet, Op 36b
  10. Wind Quintet, Op 36b
  11. Sonata Robusta for bassoon & piano, Op 55: Movement 1
  12. Sonata Robusta for bassoon & piano, Op 55: Movement 2
  13. Sonata Robusta for bassoon & piano, Op 55: Movement 3
  14. Sonata for flute & piano, Op 52: Movement 1
  15. Sonata for flute & piano, Op 52: Movement 2
  16. Sonata for flute & piano, Op 52: Movement 3
  17. Goldfinch Variations for wind trio, Op 61


Product Details

  • Performer: Seann Alderking, Marina Piccinni, Matthew Dine, Jon Manasse, Michael Finn, et al.
  • Composer: James Cohn
  • Audio CD (March 3, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Xlnt
  • ASIN: B000009LNW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #834,832 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album of sonatas and chamber music by James Cohn opens with the delightful 'Little Overture for Wind Quartet' (1982). Although Cohn writes with a tonal voice, this certainly doesn't mean that his music lacks interest for today's listeners. In a little over three minutes, this opening piece employs contrapuntal and minimalistic elements in contrast with moments of melodic beauty which leave the listener earnestly wishing for more. The CD is bookended with a piece scored for three treble instruments entitled 'The Goldfinch Variations'. Observing all the rules of a set of classical variations, Cohn has carefully constructed a charming neoclassic work which has endless tonal possibilities, depending upon the instrumental combination chosen by the performers.

'Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano' features a performance by Jon Manasse whose name often appears in connexion with works by Cohn. The work has a decidedly French feel to it and is reminiscent of the works of Poulenc. Make no mistake, however, this is Cohn's oeuvre, and although his influences may show, the work he has created is clearly his own. The Andante gives Cohn the chance to display his finely-honed melodic gifts in his writing for the clarinet, offset by carefully scored dissonances in the piano. The third movement alternates chromaticism with soaring melodies in a light and humourous Allegretto scherzando.

The 'Sonata Romantica' for double bass and piano and the 'Sonata Robusta' for bassoon and piano, are both welcome additions to the repertoire for these often neglected instruments (the double bass especially so).
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