“Joy and Desolation”
|John Corigliano||Soliloquy for Clarinet and String Quartet.|
|Gerald Finzi||Five Bagatelles for clarinet & piano, Op. 23.|
|Carolina Heredia||Lus in Bello.|
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581.|
Serafim Smigelskiy (Cello), Alexander Fiterstein (Clarinet), Edwin Kaplan (Viola), Michelle Lie (Violin), Ross Snyder (Violin).
Following its hugely acclaimed debut on Orchid Classics, the Tesla Quartet returns alongside clarinettist Alexander Fiterstein in works by Mozart, Finzi, John Corigliano and Carolina Heredia. In its latest Orchid release, the Tesla Quartet offers fresh and vibrant interpretations of repertoire ranging from the Classical epoch to the present day. Mozart’s exquisite Clarinet Quintet finds an outstanding advocate in this performance by Alexander Fiterstein, and Finzi’s autumnal Bagatelles, originally composed for clarinet and piano, are heard here in a delightful arrangement by Christian Alexander. Contemporary American composer John Corigliano wrote his deeply-moving Soliloquy in memory of his late father, and Argentinian composer Carolina Heredia wrote Ius in Bello in 2014 as a fascinating exploration of social justice, using Latin-American popular styles to add colour and depth to the work’s tensions, its dream-like quality evoking the desire for peace. Praise for the Tesla Quartet performing Haydn, Ravel & Stravinsky on Orchid Classics: “Everything appears to evolve naturally out of what has gone before with a radiant warmth and affection that proves increasingly contagious on repeated listening… An outstanding recording debut.” – BBC Music Magazine (December 2018 Recording of the Month, Double 5 Stars)