Herrmann: Souvenirs de voyage; Tredici: Magyar Madness / Lethiec, Fine Arts Quartet
Written in 1967, Herrmann's Souvenirs de Voyage for clarinet quintet was his final concert composition, and it's a beauty. Clarinetist Michel Lethiec prefers tonal variety to uniformity, and he is not afraid to bring an occasional astringent edge to a curvaceous melody or extra heft to low sustained notes in support of string solos.
By way of stylistic contrast, David Del Tredici's brand of hyper-romanticism holds nothing back. Magyar Madness's first movement serves up heaps of counterpoint, accelerated repeat phrases, wild runs, and Richard Straussian harmonic tricks. Overall however, he deftly balances the work by providing enough moments of calm before each successive storm.
Catalog Number: 8559796
Composer: Bernard Herrmann, David Del Tredici
Orchestra/Ensemble: Fine Arts Quartet
Performer: Michel Lethiec