Featuring Steve Dummer, clarinet; Stane Street Sinfonietta (Holly Mathieson, conductor); Aidan Smith, baritone; Yoko Ono, piano and Ivana Peranic, cello.
Track 1 ‘Simplicius Simplicissimus’ for clarinet and string orchestra
Track 2 ‘The Dong with a Luminous Nose’ for clarinet and baritone voice (poem by Edward Lear)
Tracks 3-5 ‘In Touch’ (trio for clarinet, cello and piano)
Tracks 6–8 Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Tracks 9–11 Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra
This richly rewarding release presents music featuring the clarinet by John Hawkins … Performances are uniformly excellent and the recording quality is exemplary. Highly recommended.
Musical Opinion January 2020
‘What an enterprising CD this is, with a great mixture of excellent music.’
‘ . . . intelligent, heartfelt, often beautiful communication’
‘ . . . a stunning song cycle’
Urizen was recorded by Paul Silverthorne and John Constable on Black Box Music with pieces by many distinguished composers commissioned by Paul, including Anthony Payne, Richard Rodney Bennett, Elisabeth Lutyens, Colin Matthews, Robert Saxton and John Woolrich. The CD is currently not available, but may return!
Click here to see another performance by Paul on YouTube
‘At Two’ on ‘A Tale of Two Violas’ – Meridian CDE84652
One work stands at something of a remove; John Hawkins’ At Two, written in 2017 to a commission from the two violists here. Taking its name from a laconic Woody Allen line – ‘I’m at two with nature’ – the two brief movements offer plentiful contrast, with an especially fast moving, even zany second movement to entertain the listener and stretch the performers.
This finely recorded programme sports well-researched notes by [Peter] Mallinson. Together he and [Mathias] Wiesner and their colleagues offer a disc both to enlighten and to entertain.