Thursday, March 26, 2009

CLARINET CONCERTO/PIANO QUARTET: BENNY GOODMAN, NEW YORK QUARTET

This is not my rip. It appears on these pages courtesy of my good friend, Buster, host of one of my favorite spots in blogosphere, BIG 10-INCH RECORD, where this rip was originally posted (the text below also comes from Buster's original posting of this title.) I highly recommend visiting his wonderful and unusual collection. Scoredaddy

Benny Goodman commissioned Aaron Copland's Clarinet Concerto in 1948, and although Goodman's stereo recording is well known, this earlier edition, from 1950, is not.

Columbia took Goodman and Copland to its 30th Street studio in New York for the November 1950 session. Benny sounds cautious but does no serious harm to this gorgeous composition.

A few months later, the illustrious New York Quartet went to the same studio to tape a thornier composition, Copland's Piano Quartet, for the Clarinet Concerto's coupling. These days, works in Copland's populist style are generally packaged together. Not so back then.

The New York Quartet had presented the first performance of the Piano Quartet a few months before this recording, which must have been all that Copland could have wished for. The quartet's members were Mieczyslaw Horszowski, piano, Alexander Schneider, violin, Milton Katims, viola, and Frank Miller, cello.

Perhaps Columbia sensed that they were creating historic recordings, because the sound is better than much of the sludge that came out of its 30th Street site. And these are historic recordings indeed. It's curious that they are not better known. Buster

1. Clarinet Concerto (1948) 17:33
The Columbia String Orchestra conducted by Aaron Copland
Benny Goodman, clarinet

Piano Quartet (1950)
2. I. Adagio serioso 6:26
3. II. Allegro giusto; III. Non troppo lento 14:11

New York Quartet: Mieczyslaw Horszowski, piano, Alexander Schneider, violin, Milton Katims, viola, and Frank Miller, cello.

7 comments:

Scoredaddy said...

Buster's original link.
MP3 @256, ripped from 10-Inch shellac disc

http://rapidshare.com/files/183434495/Copland_-_Clarinet_Concerto__Piano_Quartet.zip

Tonya Jones said...

Yay! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I Found this website for Benny Goodman Complete Discography: http://www.discoogle.com/wiki/Goodman%2C_Benny_Discography with catalog numbers, photo vinyls 78rpm, mono/stereo...
Bye!!!!

anomia said...

Wow, finally! I have a Benny Goodman clarinet concerto record and have hoped someone would do a nice transfer to digital. None of the currently available Artitsts/CDs can do justice to BG or Copland. (Although Sharon Kam comes mighty close)
Bonus, this is not the same as mine, so I get the Quartet too.
Thanks so much!!!

alain said...

I've been looking for this recording of Copland Clarinet Concerto for Years!
A big Thank from a France !

alain

casioso said...

Gracias por tu solidaridad, para compartir estos tesoros.
Saludos

casioso said...

Gracias por tu solidaridad, para compartir estos tesoros.
Saludos