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Ludwig van Beethoven, Norbert Burgmüller, Felix Draeseke, Felix Mendelssohn


Hideaki Aomori, Clarinet
Joshua Pierce, Piano



“Positively Spellbinding... a fine recording... In the Draeske] Aomori has ample opportunity to display his virtuosity and vivid assurance... Joshua Pierce is one of the most diversely accomplished living pianists... The performances by clarinetist Aomori, pianist Pierce and cellist Barrett [of the Beethoven] capture this exuberance unerringly... With a fine recording, this disk should provide inspiration to clarinetists and much enjoyable listening for the rest of us."
Howard Smith, Music & Vision - April 2011
"The Pierce-Aomori Duo has made a lovely disc of pieces for clarinet and piano...and with cellist Daniel Barrett, Beethoven's Clarinet Trio in E-flat, Op.11... The Beethoven Trio, which sounds like a masterpiece in this company, receives a wonderful performance, with Pierce providing forward motion with his carefully controlled accents. Aomori and Barrett play lyrically. All these performances are technically superb and musically satisfying. A recommended disc."
Turok's Choice, Issue No.230 - March 2011
"MSR struck gold with this release... beautifully played and recorded performance[s]"
Fanfare Magazine - May/June 2011
"The performances are technically assured..."
[ * * * ] BBC Music - March 2011
"...a very generous and appealing program from MSR... the performances throughout by clarinetist Hideaki Aomori, pianist Joshua Pierce, and cellist Daniel Barrett are polished, enthusiastic in the extreme, and thoroughly virtuosic when that’s called for. Nor are the melting lyrical passages of Burgmüller and Mendelssohn slighted. With a fine recording captured in the Lefrak Concert Hall at SUNY, Queens, this disk should provide inspiration to clarinetists and much enjoyable listening for the rest of us."
Passarella, Audiophile Audition - January 2011
This CD provides a survey of the development of the literature for the clarinet in chamber music over an almost hundred year period. The clarinet was not used regularly in orchestral and chamber music until the late eighteenth century. Mozart was the first major composer to write for the instrument. His collaboration with the clarinetist Anton Stadler produced the Trio, K. 498, the Quintet, K. 581, and the Concerto, K. 622. Johann Baptist Vanhal, Anton Eberl, Beethoven, Ferdinand Ries, Schubert, Weber and Spohr all wrote for the clarinet in the decades following Mozart’s death. During the 1830s, a younger generation of composers, including Felix Mendelssohn and Norbert Burgmüller, contributed to the literature for the instrument. Later in the century, Felix Draeseke and Josef Rheinberger wrote sonatas for clarinet and piano and Max Bruch wrote a concerto for clarinet and viola. Brahms wrote two sonatas for clarinet and piano, Op. 120, the Trio, Op. 114, and the Quintet, Op. 115.

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Clarinetist Hideaki Aomori has degrees from the Juilliard School, Queens College and Stony Brook University. He has collaborated with many artists and performing and concert organizations throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, including Tito Puente, Sir Roland Hanna and Gabriel Kahane as well as the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra and L’Orchestre de Chamber Miniature. He maintains an ongoing collaboration with Joshua Pierce as part of the Pierce-Aomori Duo, exploring the chamber repertoire for clarinet and piano.

Joshua Pierce is a unique pianist with a special perspective on the chamber repertoire. Having studied with cellist Bernard Greenhouse of the Beaux Arts Trio and pianist Artur Balsam, himself highly regarded as a chamber musician, Pierce possesses a rare creative sensitivity stemming from his work in a full range of contemporary, romantic and classical repertoire. He has a long list of Grammy nominations to his credit along with outstanding reviews from a variety of notable publications, including The New York Times, Gramophone, The Strad, the London Telegraph and Billboard. He is a recipient of the German Music Critic’s Prize. Pierce’s extensive career includes solo performances, chamber performances, and appearances with orchestras all over the world, including the Royal Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Symphony, London Symphony, Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Moscow State Philharmonic, Czech Radio Symphony, Czech National Symphony, Slovak Philharmonic, Slovak National Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Orchestra of RAI in Rome, and the Utah Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Missouri Symphony and Chicago Sinfonietta. Additionally, he has performed with Russia’s Leontovich String Quartet, with violinist Misha Vitenson and cellist Jeffrey Solow, the Capella Istropolitana of Slovakia, the New York Empire Trio and numerous other chamber ensembles. As a prolific recording artist, Joshua Pierce has recorded nearly 200 works on more than 50 discs, including the complete piano concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, Gershwin and Liszt. His recordings can be heard on MSR Classics, EMI Classics, Sony Classical, Koch International, PITCH, Vox, and many other labels. He has recorded several landmark albums of works by Cage, Harry Partch and Ives.

Daniel Barrett has a long history of performance with Joshua Pierce going back to the American Microtonal Festival and Mr. Pierce’s long association with John Cage. He has performed as soloist for Radio France, the Gulbenkian Festival in Portugal, the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, and WQXR, the classical radio station of the New York Times. He has recorded solo and ensemble work of Yannis Xenakis for the Mode and Vanderberg labels, for the Irish ensemble Cherish the Ladies on RCA and for the national television station PBS. As a conductor, he has led the New York Bach Ensemble, the Absolute Ensemble Chamber Players, James Joyce’s “The Dead” on Broadway, the Ethos Ensemble, the Sound Liberation Chamber Ensemble, He has composed works for the the West Virginia Symphony, The North/ South Consonance, Sound Liberation, and National Public Broadcasting.


Felix DRAESEKE (1835-1913)

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847)
CONCERT PIECE NO.1 IN F MINOR for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 113
CONCERT PIECE NO.2 IN D MINOR for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 114

Norbert BURGMÜLLER (1810-1836)
DUO IN E-FLAT for Clarinet and Piano, Op.15

Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
TRIO IN E-FLAT for Piano, Clarinet and Cello, Op. 11 “Gassenhauer” 

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