CLAR­INET VARI­A­TIONS

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews - MICHAEL DERVAN

John Fin­u­cane (clar­inet), RTÉ NSO/Robert Houlihan

RTÉ lyric fm CD 124

Prin­ci­pal clar­inet­tist of the RTÉ Na­tional Sym­phony Or­ches­tra John Fin­u­cane here of­fers a mu­si­cal se­lec­tion made on a strictly per­sonal ba­sis. Jean Françaix’s friv­o­lous, frothy 1968 con­certo is the piece he “had the most fun with in con­cert”, and a set of vari­a­tions by Rossini gets in for sim­i­lar rea­sons. He has taught in the same room at Stan­ford (rep­re­sented by his al­to­gether more som­bre 1902 con­certo), stud­ied un­der Brian Boy­dell (El­egy and Capric­cio, the ti­tle is self-ex­plana­tory), and wanted to study un­der AJ Pot­ter (a pot-boil­ing Fan­tasy in Ir­ish mode). It’s a bit of a mu­si­cal jum­ble re­ally. Fin­u­cane tosses the pieces off with more spirit than the back­wardly recorded NSO un­der Robert Houlihan. www.nax­osdirect.ie

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