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

Ju­lian Bliss (clar­inet), Bradley Moore (piano) Signum Clas­sics SIGCD 384

The French works here were all orig­i­nally writ­ten for the clar­inet. The Rus­sian works are ar­range­ments – of a Vi­ola Sonata by Glinka and the Flute Sonata by Prokofiev, which is best known in an­other ar­range­ment, for vi­o­lin and piano by David Ois­trakh. English clar­inet­tist Ju­lian Bliss, who will be at the West Cork Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in July, gives per­for­mances of De­bussy’s Pre­mière rap­sodie, Françaix’s Tema con Vari­azioni and Mil­haud’s Sona­tine that are ag­ile, sen­sual and witty. Glinka’s youth­ful Vi­ola Sonata is more pal­lid on clar­inet than on vi­ola. And while Prokofiev’s of­ten chirrupy sonata gives Bliss plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to show off, the mu­sic doesn’t sound as well as on flute or vi­o­lin. A mixed bag.

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