Memories of Places Past
Louis Spohr – Sechs deutche Lieder
Ralph Vaughan-Williams – Three Vocalises
Colin Eatock – Ashes of Soldiers
Frank Horvat – Memories of a Place Past
Franz Schubert – Der Hirt auf dem Felsen
Kripa Nageshwar – Soprano
Michael Westwood – Clarinet
Ruta Vaivade – Piano
Recording in September 2017
Benny Goodman Project
Five concerts for clarinet and orchestra
Benny Goodman is one of the most significant figures in the world of twentieth century music, not only as the King of Swing but as a performer and commissioner of music in the classical tradition as well. Composers of the quality no less than Bela Bartok, Paul Hindemith, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Darius Milhaud, and Malcolm Arnold all wrote music for and dedicated to the great Benny Goodman. Most of the works of these greats of the twentieth century were premiered and first recorded by Benny Goodman.
2016 marks the thirtieth anniversary of Benny Goodman’s death. In commemoration of this year, of his life and influence in classical music, and of the lasting mark on the clarinet repertoire which Goodman left, Michael Westwood is embarking on a project to perform each of the five concertos which are dedicated to him. The concertos of Copland, Hindemith, Milhaud, and the two of Arnold are each great pieces in their own rights and would not have been written had it not been for the work of Benny Goodman.
This project begins now in the middle of 2016 and will continue for the next three years. The hope is to breathe new life into some of these lesser performed works while enjoying the eternally popular and great Copland Clarinet Concerto.