The New York Times: Music

Jan 8, 2012

“Of course with the brilliant young Anthony McGill, a principal clarinetist at the Met, as soloist, the performance was a sure thing. Copland described this 18-minute score, completed in 1948, as a kind of portrait of Benny Goodman, who commissioned it. In the wistful first section, the clarinet plays dreamy musings against the cool, contemplative backdrop of the orchestra, scored for just strings, harp and piano. Mr. McGill captured the music’s lacy lyricism, playing with a rich yet beautifully focused sound.”

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