Bruce: Gumboots - Brahms: Clarinet Quintet Julian Bliss & Carducci String Quartet
- David Bruce (1970): Gumboots:
- 1Part I11:36
- 2Dance I02:02
- 3Dance II01:28
- 4Dance III01:57
- 5Dance IV03:00
- 6Dance V02:52
- Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115:
- 7I. Allegro11:57
- 8II. Adagio09:52
- 9III. Andantino04:26
- 10IV. Con moto08:48
Info for Bruce: Gumboots - Brahms: Clarinet Quintet
Julian Bliss and the Carducci Quartet pair two highly contrasting works – Johannes Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet and David Bruce’s Gumboots.
Written for bass clarinet and string quartet, David Bruce describes the origins of his work Gumboots: “... it was born out of the brutal labour conditions in South Africa under Apartheid, in which black miners where chained together and wore Gumboots (wellington boots) while they worked in the flooded gold mines, because it was cheaper for the owners to supply the boots than to drain the floodwater from the mine. Apparently slapping the boots and chains was used by the workers as a form of communication which was otherwise banned in the mine, and this later developed into a form of dance. If the examples of Gumboot Dancing available online are anything to go by, it is characterised by a huge vitality and zest for life. So this for me is a striking example of how something beautiful and life-enhancing can come out of something far more negative.”
"Bruce's piece pivots on the contrast between its elegaic first movement and the five dances that follow it, and Bliss and the Carduccis relish the expressive variety." (The Times)
"Clarinettist Julian Bliss and the Carducci Quartet are mot sensitive and elegaic." (Financial Times)
"Julian Bliss...flits seamlessly between regular and bass clarinet. The finale's joyous barrage could almost be out of a Falla ballet." (The Guardian)
Julian Bliss, clarinet
Carducci String Quartet
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