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Reflections

by Acclarion

Evocative instrumental love songs for clarinets and piano.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Daydream
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2. Wandering
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3. Clouded Focus
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4. I Remember
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5. Reminiscence
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Review of "Reflections" by Madelyn Moore from Clarinet.org:

Reflections by Rebecca Carovillano is released as a digital album on Acclarion Records. In a promotional video for the album, the music is described as “instrumental love songs,” that were composed by David Carovillano, husband of the clarinetist.

The title piece, Reflections Suite for Clarinets and Piano is four movements, with each played on a different clarinet, lasting about 20 minutes. The first movement, “Daydream”, written for E-flat clarinet, highlights Carovillano’s impressive facility on the instrument. She plays this cute, pleasant movement with a delicate, light tone that intertwines with the piano in ways that many E-flat clarinetists would envy. In “Wandering,” on A clarinet, we hear a meandering second movement that definitely reflects its title. Moods change quickly from playful to ominous and back with Carovillano making striking shifts in tone color and style. She uses vibrato tastefully, highlighting the phrases that call for it. Next, she displays a lovely bass clarinet sound in the third movement, “Clouded Focus.” This movement is mellow and mournful before moving into a demanding, darker section that eventually returns to the opening material. Her tone is pure and smooth in all registers. The final movement of this work, ”I Remember,” is written for B-flat clarinet and feels like one is coming home. The melodies are gentle and serene, save for a few unexpected altissimo leaps. While most lines are long and legato, there are periodic bursts of quick technique, which Carovillano handles smoothly.

The final piece on this album is Reminiscence for Clarinet Quintet, which is approximately four and a half minutes long. Notably, Carovillano plays all five parts for the recording. This work is well written, allowing all parts to be featured. It has an autumnal mood that moves from contemplative, slow melodies into light, fun sections that eventually slow back into nostalgic lines. Overall Reflections is enjoyable and beautifully played.

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"Reflections" began when I asked David to write a piece where I could switch back and forth between E flat, B flat and Bass Clarinet.

One piece transformed into a suite of love songs for clarinets and piano. These four "songs without words" are beautiful, lyrical, delicate, and reflective.

01. Daydream for E flat clarinet
You wouldn't expect a delicate piece to be performed on the little "piccolino" clarinet. The baby of the clarinet family's perky treble cuts through an orchestra but it rarely gets a chance to shine as a solo instrument. In "Daydream", the delicate shimmer of the piano chords set a wistful mood for the E flat. Imagine sitting under a tree on a beautiful day, staring up at the clouds, freeing your mind to wander. The florid passages and fluid interplay between the piano and clarinet are carefree, youthful, joyous and optimistic.

02. Wandering for A Clarinet
Like a waltz from yesteryear, "Wandering" is a dream-like dance. The piano and clarinet are like a couple in love, wandering through life hand in hand. The clarinet's broad melodic lines embrace the piano's lush harmonies; together on a journey through whatever twists and turns life may bring.

03. Clouded Focus for Bass Clarinet
The deep tenor of the bass clarinet searches its way through a thick fog. It is guided through the smoky darkness by a beautiful piano countermelody as it sings its way to clarity. Overwhelmed with emotion, the piano and clarinet reach a stormy climax, finally clearing the air only to find themselves back where they began but with clear purpose and perspective.

04. I Remember for B flat Clarinet
Aging brings wisdom, the building of inner strength and the collection of beautiful memories. Like thumbing through old photographs, "I Remember" is touching and reflective. The long, soaring melody of the clarinet and the steadfast rhythm of the piano present a nostalgic performance, remembering the glory of youth while yearning to know what the future will bring.

05. Reminiscence for Clarinet Quintet
The combination of multiple clarinets and bass clarinet create a glorious, full, sound that is rich, woody, clear and sincere; sincere because the clarinet's tone is like wearing your heart on your sleeve. It can be angelic, bubbly, moody, perky and bluesy and unabashedly shares these emotions.

Scores for Performance are available at www.maestroscorner.com

Reflections Suite for Clarinets and Piano (2015)
by David Carovillano (SOCAN)
Tracks 1-4

Reminiscence for Clarinet Quintet (2015)
by David Carovillano (SOCAN)
Track 5

Rebecca Sajo-Carovillano, clarinets
David Carovillano, piano
Recorded at B&P Studios
Mixed & Mastered by Rebecca Sajo-Carovillano
Album Art by David Carovillano
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Learn more about Acclarion: www.acclarion.ca



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