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Cello Sonata / Clarinet Trio
Cellist Brian Thornton is joined by pianist Spencer Myer and clarinetist Afendi Yusuf in a program of chamber music on the Steinway & Sons label. An impeccable performance of Debussy's striking Cello Sonata is followed by the lovely Clarinet Trio by Brahms. Brian Thornton is a multi-faceted musician who has touched the lives of thousands of people through musical outreach programs around the world. Mr. Thornton began playing the cello in the public school system of Chicago, giving him a passion for teaching young musicians and public school outreach programs. He has traveled all over the world influencing young musicians not only to play better cello, but to use music to positively affect the world around them. Gold Medalist of the 2008 New Orleans Piano Competition, Spencer Myer has been soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Cape Town and Johannesburg Philharmonics, and Beijing's China National Symphony Orchestra. His 2005 recital/orchestral tour of South Africa included a performance of the five piano concerto of Beethoven with the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa. Afendi Yusuf joined the Cleveland Orchestra as principal clarinet in the 2017-18 season. Born in Ethiopia, he has appeared as guest principal with a number of orchestras across the globe.
- Product Dimensions : 5.59 x 0.39 x 4.92 inches; 2.82 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Steinway & Sons
- Original Release Date : 2019
- Date First Available : January 23, 2019
- Label : Steinway & Sons
- ASIN : B07MX27KY2
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #118,920 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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No, the timing of this embarrassingly skimpy album is not a misprint. And even in these economically robust times, charging $13.98 American (Amazon’s current asking price) for less than 40 minutes of music would under normal circumstances rule this one completely out of court.
The reason to consider tamping down your irritation is the playing of Afendi Yusuf, the newly appointed principal clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra. Born in Ethiopia, trained at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto and the Colburn School in Los Angeles, Yusuf has a large, rich, creamy tone and a flawless technique, together with taste, character, and intelligence to burn. While pianist Spencer and cellist Brian Thornton—a member of the Cleveland Orchestra for 25 years and the titular focus of the album—play extremely well, Yusuf is in an entirely different category. Why no one thought to include the Beethoven “Gassenhauer” Trio is perplexing, as it would barely pushed the album over the hour mark and would have provided another showcase for the clarinetist’s remarkable talent.
The Debussy Sonata is also very well played, though it lacks the bite and individuality of Steven Isserlis’s BIS recording (2312) or the refinement of Daniel Müller-Schott’s early recording for EMI (75201).
Clarinet mavens might be tempted; for everyone else, caveat emptor.