Jonathan Cohler | The Clarinet Alone

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The Clarinet Alone

by Jonathan Cohler

Stunning collection of some of the most important 20th century solo clarinet works performed by one of the world's most renowned clarinetists.
Genre: Classical: Twentieth Century
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Set for Clarinet: 1. Allegro
3:14 album only
2. A Set for Clarinet: 2. Adagio
3:38 album only
3. A Set for Clarinet: 3. Allegro
2:11 album only
4. Suite for Clarinet Solo, Op. 74: 1. Rhapsody: Tempo rubato
3:19 album only
5. Suite for Clarinet Solo, Op. 74: 2. Serenade: Molto tranquillo
2:15 album only
6. Suite for Clarinet Solo, Op. 74: 3. Scherzo: Vivace
0:42 album only
7. Suite for Clarinet Solo, Op. 74: 4. Dance: Allegretto
2:47 album only
8. Quatuor pour la fin du Temps: 3. Abîme des oiseaux
8:57 album only
9. Monolog 3: 1. Andante sostenuto
2:28 album only
10. Monolog 3: 2. Allegro vivace
2:57 album only
11. Five Pieces for Clarinet Alone: 1. Vigorous
1:26 album only
12. Five Pieces for Clarinet Alone: 2. Flowing
0:55 album only
13. Five Pieces for Clarinet Alone: 3. Rhythmic
1:03 album only
14. Five Pieces for Clarinet Alone: 4. Singing
2:16 album only
15. Five Pieces for Clarinet Alone: 5. Spirited
1:01 album only
16. Parable XIII for Solo Clarinet, Op. 126
5:36 album only
17. Rhapsody
4:40 album only
18. Moto Perpetuo, Op. 11
3:49 album only


Album Notes

Donald Martino
A Set for Clarinet
1. I. Allegro
2. II. Adagio
3. III. Allegro

Egon Wellesz
Suite for Clarinet Solo, Op. 74
4. I. Rhapsody: Tempo rubato
5. II. Serenade: Molto tranquillo
6. III. Scherzo: Vivace
7. IV. Dance: Allegretto

Olivier Messiaen
Quatuor pour la fin du Temps
8. III. Abîme des oiseaux

Erland von Koch
Monolog 3
9. I. Andante sostenuto
10. II. Allegro vivace

William O. Smith
Five Pieces for Clarinet Alone
11. I. Vigorous
12. II. Flowing
13. III. Rhythmic
14. IV. Singing
15. V. Spirited

Vincent Persichetti
16. Parable XIII for Solo Clarinet, Op. 126

Willson Osborne
17. Rhapsody

Nicolo Paganini
18. Moto Perpetuo, Op. 11


INDIE Award Nominee

"Clarinetist Jonathan Cohler displays his enormous virtuosity..."
Performance A+

"Cohler is an absolute master of the clarinet, technically and tonally. His phrasing and sense of pacing are ideal...a 'must have' CD."
--The Clarinet Magazine
The International Clarinet Association

"Jonathan Cohler's reputation grows by the year, and some important critics compare his genuinely unique sound and performances to those of superstars like Dinu Lipatti, Youri Egorov, and the legendary British clarinetist, Reginald Kell. (Personally, I prefer Cohler's warm sound to Kell's). Cohler's tone is in fact the single most gorgeous clarinet sound I know of, and I have come to prefer it to my erstwhile favorite, Richard Stoltzman...Cohler possesses such musical integrity and taste that everything he touches seems like the last word. . .Run, don't walk!"
--Listener Magazine

"Cohler is an amazing musician--I suppose there is nothing he cannot play"
--American Record Guide

"Paganini's Moto Perpetuo is a virtuoso spectacular, giving not an inch to the violin original. I literally would not have believed it was possible to play a clarinet this rapidly with such beauty of tone. . .this disc is a must for clarinet lovers."

"Thanks so much for your brilliant performance of of my 5 Pieces. Your sound is lovely, your technique impeccable, and your interpretation masterful!"
--William O. Smith

"Absolutely dynamite playing!"
--Donald Martino

"You really are one of the most prominent clarinet soloists I have ever heard in my long life!... phenomenal really are a young master."
--Erland von Koch


Jonathan Cohler is recognized internationally as a virtuoso clarinetist. Through his performances around the world and on record, he has thrilled an ever widening audience with his incredible musicianship and total technical command. Fanfare Magazine has compared him to one of the giants of classical music—“one thinks of Dinu Lipatti”— and the magazine dubbed Mr. Cohler's performance “superhuman.” The Clarinet Magazine of the International Clarinet Association recently declared Mr. Cohler “an absolute master of the clarinet, technically and tonally.” A highly acclaimed recording artist with an extraordinarily wide repertoire, his release The Clarinet Alone, was a Nominee for the INDIE Award presented by the Association for Independent Music (AFIM). About this CD, American Record Guide remarked “Cohler is an amazing musician — I suppose there is nothing he cannot play,” while Listener Magazine said “Cohler possesses such musical integrity and taste that everything he touches seems like the last word. . .There is no other recording I know of as unique. Run, don't walk!”

Mr. Cohler's most recently released CD on the Ongaku Records label featuring the Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time has received rave reviews. His release of Moonflowers, Baby!, on Crystal Records, received the “Outstanding Recording” mark from American Record Guide and Gramophone hailed it for Mr. Cohler's expression of “the poetry that lesser artists miss.” His release of More Cohler on Clarinet was chosen for BBC Music Magazine's Best CDs of The Year. And his debut solo recording Cohler on Clarinet received resounding acclaim, including the coveted top rating of five stars for both sound and performance from BBC Music Magazine. BBC Music Magazine also featured a CD by Mr. Cohler attached to the cover of the magazine, which was distributed to more than 350,000 people worldwide.

In addition to his work as a soloist, Mr. Cohler is an active chamber musician, conductor and chamber music coach. He collaborates frequently with many well known musicians and ensembles including members of the Emerson String Quartet, the Muir String Quartet, The Lark Quartet, The Moscow Conservatory Trio, The Amadeus Trio, The New Jersey Chamber Music Society, The Boston Chamber Music Society, The Wavehill Trio, Boris Berezovsky, Ilya Kaler, Andres Diaz, Charles Neidich, Laurence Lesser, Randall Hodgkinson, and Judith Gordon. Mr. Cohler is one of the most sought after chamber music coaches in the country. Numerous groups that he has coached have won top prizes in the National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and the Chamber Music Foundation of New England Competition among others.

He has toured the United States, Japan, Europe, China, Poland, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Mexico and Cuba, and performed at many festivals including those of Tanglewood, Aspen, Rockport, Newport, Martha's Vineyard and the Hamptons. He has been a frequent invited performer at the International Clarinet Association's annual ClarinetFest. He has been featured on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago. Recent concerto appearances include the Mozart Concerto with the Santo Andre Orchestra in Brasil and the Copland Concerto with the Evergreen Orchestra at the National Concert Hall of Taiwan in Taipei. Recent conducting engagements include Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Caracas, Venezuela, and the Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker with the Indian Hill Orchestra (Groton, Massachusetts) and the Granite State Ballet Company (New Hampshire).

Mr. Cohler is the Music Director of the Massachusetts Philharmonic Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of the New England Conservatory and Founder/Artistic Director of the world renowned International Woodwind Festival. For ten years, he was the Music Director of the Brockton Symphony Orchestra, Born in Boston, Mr. Cohler began his musical studies at the age of six. Mr. Cohler's teachers include legendary Boston Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Pasquale Cardillo, Harold Wright, Karl Leister, Charles Neidich and Frank Martin.

Mr. Cohler graduated with high honors in physics from Harvard University. In his first year at Harvard, he won a fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, of which he was the youngest member. He also held the principal clarinet position of the Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a member of the clarinet, chamber music and conducting faculties of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, The Boston Conservatory, and the New England Conservatory in Boston.

is a Vandoren and Rossi artist

clarinets: Rossi
reeds: Vandoren V12 #3 1/2
mouthpiece: Vandoren B4013
ligature: Vandoren Optimum



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