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Patrick Hanudel
American Record Guide, March 2020

The performances are well done and enjoyable. Shifrin offers his expected excellent technique; and he adjusts his sound to each composer’s emotional requirement, from jubilant to earthy to somber. Both quartets play with a clarity and a transparency that fit the music. © 2020 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Rafael de Acha
Rafael’s Music Notes, October 2019

The album features three selections each averaging 18 minutes in length, each distinctive in its compositional style, two impeccably played by the Dover Quartet, one equally well executed by the Harlem Quartet, all featuring David Shifrin bringing now lyrical, now sharply piquant clarinet sound to the music of three different composers.

Valerie Coleman’s Shotgun Houses pays musical homage to the late Muhammed Ali, depicting three memories of the legendary boxer’s life with music both emotionally charged and elsewhere compellingly rhythmic. The superb Harlem Quartet plays like a dream, with Shifrin comfortably integrating himself into the proceedings.

This CD is sure to please the eclectic collector. © 2019 Rafael's Music Notes Read complete review



Records International, October 2019

Three attractive, distinctly different clarinet quintets, all tonal, that together make up a most appealing programme. Schiff’s work comprises transcriptions of four pieces by Duke Ellington, drawn from different stages of his career when he was working with different soloists in his orchestra and exploring different styles. The transition to clarinet quintet is expertly achieved, and in this guise the pieces shed new light on the sheer inventive mastery and versatility of the great jazz composer. © 2019 Records International Read complete review



Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, September 2019

Veteran clarinetist David Shifrin presents us with clarinet quintets “for our time,” the first of which reaches way back to the early 1930s when Duke Ellington first wrote and recorded Rockin’ in Rhythm, 1935 for Clarinet Lament, then moving forward to 1943’s Air-Conditioned Jungle and 1968’s Heaven, the latter written for star vocalist Alice Babs who sang it at his Second Sacred Concert.

…The Dover Quartet does swing, and thus saves the day. Air-Conditioned Jungle is a bit better for Shifrin because it calls for more virtuosic and less tonally expressive playing, but once again, it’s the Dover Quartet that shines. © 2019 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review





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