Clarinet Quintets for Our Time

Delos Records

October 18, 2019

About the Album

Master clarinetist David Shifrin partners with the Dover and Harlem String Quartets in an album that blazes with excitement. The three new quintets showcase the clarinets many moods and tones and explore the expressive capabilities of the string quartet as well. First on the album is Ducal Suite, featuring arrangements of compositions by Duke Ellington, one of the twentieth-centurys greatest and most influential composers. David Schiffs arrangements make the most of Shifrins virtuosity and deep feeling for this music. Chris Rogersons Thirty Thousand Days explores three stages of life, divided into increments of ten thousand days (approximately twenty-seven years). The music constantly changes and evolves throughout the three movements of the piece.Valerie Colemans Shotgun Houses is a tribute to Muhammed Ali. The first movement is a portrait of the West Louisville, Kentucky neighborhood where both she and Ali grew up. The middle movement is a love ballad, and the final movement depicts the boxing match in which Ali won an Olympic gold medal in Rome in 1960.

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Duke Ellington (arr. David Schiff): Ducal Suite (18:45)

I. Clarinet Lament (3:35)

II. Air-conditioned Jungle (3:32)

III. Heaven (6:27)

IV. Kinda Dukish/Rockin’ in Rhythm (5:04)

Chris Rogerson: Thirty Thousand Days (17:34)

I. Quasi una danza (4:22)

II. Prestissimo, con sordino (4:32)

III. Quasi una ciacona (8:40)

Valerie Coleman: Shotgun Houses (19:12)

I. Shotgun Houses (5:34)

II. Grand Avenue (6:15)

III. Rome (7:23)