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English Fantasy

By BBC Concert Orchestra

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By BBC Concert Orchestra, Emma Johnson, and Philip Ellis. By Patrick Hawes, Paul Reade, John Dankworth (1927-), and Will Todd. Classical. Listening CD. Published by Nimbus Records (NX.NI6328).

Item Number: NX.NI6328

This album is particularly close to my heart because it contains music written especially for me; the composers have paid me the great compliment of writing with my playing in mind, in some cases collaborating closely with me, in others simply presenting me with a finished work, and in all cases creating a distinctive, English piece which makes a worthwhile addition to the repertoire for solo clarinet with orchestra. These four composers have all also dared to write melodically whilst still managing to find new things to say. Does it take courage to write melodically? Well, yes, when you live in an age where art has to be forever stretching boundaries to be taken seriously. However English Fantasy contains music which I hope will entertain and move a contemporary audience whilst unapologetically rooting itself in the traditions of the past. (Emma Johnson).

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