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Patrick Hanudel
American Record Guide, September 2015

Cox represents the British clarinet school, displaying a highly dramatic personality through a very free-blowing set-up, and he makes a good case for the lesser known works. Buckle is a solid pianist, keenly handling the challenges of each score… © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2015

The distinguished British clarinettist, Frederick Thurston, who lived through the first half of the twentieth century, is the link person in this most desirable release. Much of his early career was spent as an orchestral musician, and became the principal clarinet when the BBC Symphony Orchestra was first formed, though from 1930 onwards he concentrated on solo and chamber music while teaching at the Royal College of Music. The leading composers of the day were anxious to write works for him, the first three in this ‘Thurston Collection’ falling into that category. By far the best known, the two-movement sonata by Arnold Bax, comes from a composer who studied the instrument while a graduate at London’s Royal Academy of Music. A delightful score that concentrates on the instrument’s lyric qualities, a feature that continues into the 1941 three-movement score from Roger Fiske. A highly regarded pupil of Herbert Howells, his name is nowadays almost forgotten, though this work from 1941 is a real charmer that took something from American music in its jazzy element. Born in Scotland in 1912, Iain Hamilton was musically always a lone figure with a highly personal voice on the outer fringe of atonality. His Three Nocturnes have a busy central moto perpetuo surrounded by two quiet and rather abstract movements. Hugh Wood was a Hamilton pupil and an advocate of the Second Viennese School, his Paraphrase composed for the disc’s soloist being more abstract than its title suggests. Finally we find Richard Rodney Bennett in his most avant garde atonal mood for the Duo Concertante. Following a career almost parallel with Thurston, Nicholas Cox’s playing, together with that of one of the UK’s most sought after accompanists, Ian Buckle, is of outstanding quality. Recorded in 2011 the disc comes from the British Music Society. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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