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Rhapsodie Française

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This exciting new traversal of the "French School" by internationally renowned clarinetist Jonathan Cohler with award winning pianist Rasa Vitkauskaite has already been chosen alongside recordings of Mstislav Rostropovich and Emil Gilels as the "Best of the Year" in 2008 (Classical 94.5/WNED, Buffalo/Toronto)! The CD is "a great model" (American Record Guide) for students of the clarinet as all of the pieces on the CD are core repertoire for the aspiring clarinetist. Many of these works provide extreme challenges for the clarinetist. Most of the works on the CD were written for the "Concours" of the Paris Conservatory.

Mr. Cohler's renowned technical wizardry is in full display throughout the CD coupled with his trademark beautiful sound. "Cohler dispatches the most fearsome passages with a transcendent technique and beautiful tone control" (Fanfare Magazine). His duo partner at the piano, Ms. Vitkauskaite, is equally impressive with "subtle musicianship and exceptional skill" (American Record Guide) and "she and Cohler sound as though they've been playing together for years."

If you are looking for a wonderful resource and reference guide to the French School of clarinet, or simply a beautiful CD to enjoy, this collection of works by Debussy, Saint-Saens, Chausson, Widor, Messager and more is ideal. As Fanfare notes, "This is required listening for anyone interested in the clarinet!"

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"...definitive interpretations...The success of the collaboration of these two world-class artists is unquestionable and on vivid display throughout this CD. The duo's performances achieve an ideal blend of elegance, delicacy, and joie de vivre. The listener is struck by the easy virtuosity and inherent musicality of every performance, and by the sensitivity and subtlety of Cohler and Vitkauskaite's ensemble work."

"...flawless performances...dazzling...sensitivity and grace...sparkling...a CD worthy of any collection" --The Clarinet Magazine

"His performance here makes the strongest case I have ever heard for the piece [Saint-Saëns Sonata]; as he does throughout the recital, he plays with a light touch and great sensitivity, as well as a formidable technical control that never descends into simple flashiness...Cohler's is among the loveliest clarinet sounds I've ever heard..."

"Cohler dispatches the most fearsome passages with a transcendent technique and beautiful tone control. This is required listening for anyone interested in the clarinet!" --Fanfare

"The collaboration is excellent. Cohler's is everything French woodwind playing should be expressive and colorful with prodigious technique. His risks pay off too; his soft playing is sometimes barely audible, bit it's still there; and his blazing tempos in 16th-note passages sound clean and effortless...Vitkauskaite makes the most of them [the piano parts] with subtle musicianship and exceptional skill...Cohler and Vitkauskaite's commitment to each work makes this recording not only a great model for younger players, but an enjoyable disc to pop in at home." --American Record Guide

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  • Performer: Jonathan Cohler, Rasa Vitkauskaite
  • Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns, André Messager, Charles-Marie Widor, Ernest Chausson, Henri Rabaud, et al.
  • Audio CD (September 22, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ongaku Records
  • ASIN: B001G3J4MU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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