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Generated by an on-going academic research on extended techniques for the contemporary repertoire and new music for clarinet solo, “Clarinet” is and independent production by Luca Luciano and Gianni Varone (also responsible for the distribution and selling of the Digidesign equipments in Italy). The album has been available to the public in limited edition only and it is now available exclusively through digital distribution/DOWNLOAD.
The main “theme” of this project is the composer Igor Stravinsky and in particular “The Rite of Spring” which has inspired Luciano so much. As a homage to the great Russian composer, some short quotations are present throughout the album.
Luciano’s sound has been built on a vintage “Bb” Buffet clarinet which bears more keys and rings (20 keys and 7 rings) than the “regular” French clarinet and goes a semitone lower as well. This explains its darker tone, versatility and more hybrid tone, almost like a Basset Clarinet, that fits so much Luca’s style. Yet the extra keys and extension give him the chance to create sound effects otherwise almost impossible to generate (e.g. Divertimento 4 and Divertimento 9).
The album also includes the famous “Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo”, an arrangement of a famous jazz tune “Naima” and five “Divertimenti” in particular the number 7 on a theme from “Lt. Kije’” by Prokofiev developed into a “canone” before the long improvised cadenza around the “Neapolitan” minor scale of “G” by the soloist and the finale.
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