CHRISTOPHER RATHBONE (b.1947): Daniel's Razor for String Trio, Clarinet, Horn and Piano, Op. 117, Elegy for Cello and Piano, Op. 56, Clarinet Quintet, Op. 61, Tarn Hows for Violin, Cello and Organ, Op. 101, Terzetto for Flute, Clarinet and Piano, Op. 55, Organ Quartet, Op. 100, Horn Quintet, Op.120, 3 Bagatelles for Cello and Piano, Op. 100.
Catalogue Number: 02O075
Reference: CDE 84616
Description: These beautifully crafted, thoroughly tonal chamber works share a genuine romantic sensibility and emotionally communicative spir it. The lively Daniel's Razor (written, obviously, for the present ensemble) is less frivolous than the title might suggest; an elegant divertimento in one movement, for the forces of the popular Dohnanyi Sextet. The clarinet quintet and the recent horn quintet are likewise succinct single span works, encompassing a variety of moods and atmosphere, very much in the British pastoral tradition. The Terzetto has something of the elegant wit of Poulenc, with a slow movement with great depth of feeling, also a characteristic of the cello and piano Elegy. Tarn Hows and the organ quartet incorporate the composer's own instrument in effective, unusual chamber music textures; both are imbued with a strong sense of place, and a very English atmosphere; the spirit of Elgar is never far distant, especially in the noble, sweeping opening of the quartet. Daniel's Beard