JOSEF HOLBROOKE (1878-1958): Clarinet Quintet, Op. 27 (with alternative finale*), Variations for Clarinet and String Quartet, Eilean Shona for Clarinet and String Quartet, Op. 74, , Fairyland for Viola, Clarinet and Piano, Op. 57/1, for Clarinet and Piano: Cyrene, Op. 88b* and Phryne, Op. 98b*. * - World Premiere Recordings.
Catalogue Number: 01Q042
Reference: 777 731-2
Description: The clarinet quintet originated as a horn quintet, then existed in two two-movement separate works (of which the first recording of the Variations was one) before 1939 when Holbrooke took two of them and made it a three-movement piece by composing a new finale (here also a first recording). So, every one of the five movements that had anything to do with this protean piece are all here in one place. The quintet is late Romantic as much of Holbrooke's music but he also dabbled in Impressionism: in the short, five-minute pieces Cyrene and Phryne but to striking and hypnotic effect in the 11-minute Fairyland which comes with a quote from Poe's poem of the same name and which weaves its spell never varying beyond andante and larghetto. Robert Plane (clarinet), Lucy Gould, Mia Cooper (violins), David Adams (viola), Scott Dickinson (viola - Fairyland), Alice Neary (cello), Sophia Rahman (piano).