A place toward other places
Richard Hawkins, clarinet
The Oberlin Comtemporary Music Ensemble
Timothy Weiss, conductor
Release: January 2013
This recording was made in Clonick Recording Studio at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music between 2010 and 2012. All of the works on this recording are licensed and reproduced with permission of the composers and publishers. © 2012 Oberlin Conservatory of Music
The possibilities of the clarinet seem inexhaustible. The enormous range of the instrument includes the gorgeous low register (known as the chalumeau) and, for an accomplished player, the sky is the limit at the top (well, almost). Adept at playing lyrical melodies, but also capable of surprising dramatic effects, the instrument sees its contemporary repertoire growing rapidly. In this recording, Richard Hawkins brings together four American works written during the last quarter of a century, by four generations of composers born between 1908 and 1982.
Weiss explains the genesis of the CD project: “Richard and I chose the repertory together. We started with the idea of recording Elliot Carter's Clarinet Concerto. In crafting the architecture of the disc as a whole, we liked the idea of each piece involving a successively smaller ensemble. So, the disc moves from concertos with chamber orchestra, through a chamber music ensemble, to a solo clarinet work. We also wanted to put forth some lesser-known composers. The works by Broening and Helgeson were written for Richard and the ensemble.”
“The finished product is a stunning collection of vastly different musical styles and personalities,” Weiss adds.
Hawkins says he is especially “proud to showcase Oberlin's new recording studio and highlight the professional-level talents of the conservatory students."
The Contemporary Music Ensemble debut recording on the Oberlin Music label was released at the DiMenna Center concert in New York City during the Oberlin in NYC tour on Friday, January 18, 2013.
Catalog of Past Releases
A place toward other places
Conductor: Timothy Weiss
Recorded: between 2010 and 2012 in Clonick Recording Studio at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Released: January, 2013
The Oberlin Conservatory Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall
Conductor: Robert Spano
Recorded: January 26, 2007 in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, New York City
Released: December, 2008
The Oberlin Orchestra in China
Conductor: Bridget-Michaele Reischl
Recorded: December 30, 2005 at the Poly Theater, Beijing
Released: April 16, 2007
Beauty Surrounds Us
Works by Members of the Oberlin Conservatory Jazz Faculty
Recorded: January, 2006
Released: August 2007
Oberlin Chamber Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle
Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle
Recorded: December 1, 2004 in Finney Chapel
Released: February, 2006
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Le Pouvoir de l’Amour – 1743 Ballet-Héroique by Joseph-Nicholas-Pancrace Royer
(By Special Request Only/Limited Availability)
Musical Director: Lisa Goode Crawford
Conductor: Michael Sponseller
Recorded: February 8 and 9, 2002, in Finney Chapel
September 28, 2001 Inaugural Concert
The Kay Africa Memorial Organ – C.B. Fisk Opus II6
Conductor: Paul Polivnick
Recorded: September 28, 2001 in Finney Chapel
About Oberlin Music
Oberlin music, a new commercial label from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College, features select recordings made by Oberlin students and faculty that are available on traditional CD as well as on digital music channels worldwide.
Oberlin Music debuts with two releases: The Oberlin Orchestra in China, recorded live in Beijing on December 30, 2005, and Beauty Surrounds Us, works written and performed by members of the jazz studies faculty.
For those who prefer to enhance their digital rather than their traditional recording libraries, the Conservatory has signed an important agreement with IODA (Independent Online Distribution Alliance) to distribute Oberlin materials digitally throughout the world. This new association makes Oberlin Music recordings available through many digital music distribution sources, including Apple’s iTunes.