Nearly 10 years after his debut recital recording, virtuoso clarinettist Julian Bliss returns to disc with a new programme alongside pianist Bradley Moore. Their recital combines great works (and some new arrangements) from great Russian and French composers.
I first heard the Prokofiev a number of years ago and what struck me was not only the virtuosity required by both musicians to play it, but how intricate and beautiful it was. I knew straight away that I had to make my own arrangement of it, and after sight reading it through with Bradley there was no question about including it on this album. To me, the third movement in particular has a very French and jazzy feel to it. You could be fooled into thinking it was a piece of Debussy! Julian Bliss