Johnterryl Plumeri | Romance for Clarinet, Strings and Harp

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Romance for Clarinet, Strings and Harp

by Johnterryl Plumeri

“Hauntingly captivating…High level of poise, polish and proportion…A sound world of poetic poignancy that casts an enthralling spell!” - Fanfare Magazine - Lyrically conceived modern chamber music of acclaimed composer-conductor Johnterryl Plumeri
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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1. Sand Without Water
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2. Romance For Clarinet, Strings and Harp
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13:32 album only
3. Reflections On A Twlight Sky
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4. Night Forest
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5. Evening Light
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Album Notes
The Romance for Clarinet, Strings and Harp is the first of a multi volume set of recordings, displaying the chamber music of Johnterryl Plumeri. Featuring the exquisite playing of clarinetist Robert Fitzer, flautists Louise Di Tullio and Kathryn Humble, oboist David Weiss and harpist Gail Levant, volume one focuses on five Plumeri compositions spanning the years 1979 through 2007. From the swirling textures of Sand Without Water to the sultry romance of Evening Light, this CD provides an extended journey into the delicate side of Johnterryl Plumeri. Mixed by Plumeri and mastered by Grammy award winning mastering engineer Arnie Acosta, The Romance for Clarinet, Strings and Harp gives the listener a clear and live experience of the lyricism of Johnterryl Plumeri.

Fanfare Magazine Review:

Back in the 1990s, this writer favorably reviewed an earlier GMMC release of two orchestral scores by Johnterryl Plumeri—Pride of Baltimore and Wind Flower for oboe and orchestra. Later on, there was also a recording of his tunefully lively Bassoon Concerto. All of this music evinced a type of striking élan that had immediate appeal for all of us who feel starved of sheer sonic enjoyment. Moreover, Plumeri was a true professional who knew his way around an orchestra and possessed an inherent feel for molding and shaping a satisfying aural experience.

Now, more than a decade later, comes this typically pleasurable GMMC program of five Plumeri works for chamber combinations of varied components, all highlighting woodwinds with string accompaniment. Except for the Romance, they all carry evocative titles that might prompt the uninitiated to mistake this disc for a “new wave” collection full of repetitive banalities. But in point of fact, all of this music is characterized by the same high level of poise, polish and proportion.

In a sense, these works are all celebrations of the natural world and its spiritually transfixing beauty. Sand without Water features a solo duo of flute and English horn, supported by a complement of 13 strings and harp. The Romance surrounds its clarinet soloist with a string quintet, and harp. Reflections calls for a sonorous trio of flute, cello, and harp; Night Forest is set for a sextet of three winds and three strings. And Evening Light is a kind of rhapsodic prelude for just flute and piano. Although all this music emphasizes a evocative lyricism with strong accents of oriental modalism, there are occasional brief outbreaks of contrasting energy so that any danger of tonal sameness is usually averted. But this is not in any way purely background music either; the receptive listener will be absorbed into a sound world of poetic poignancy that casts an enthralling spell.

The composer himself conducts the three works requiring a large ensemble in an altogether idiomatic manner, and the whole enterprise effective use of a group of outstanding musicians including flutist Louise di Tullio, harpist Gayle Levant, and the late clarinetist Robert Fitzer. The superbly upfront recording has pellucid immediacy that separates individual instrumental voices and gives them an almost palpable breathing space. The production values are handsome, though some annotation about Plumeri’s background at least would be welcome. Not only ear candy but soothing to the soul as well.

Paul A. Snook - Fanfare Magazine


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Eric Swanson

Essential chamber music
This collection of chamber works from Terry Plumeri has been in my car's CD player for about six months. It is the most compelling, moving, beautifully written new music for small ensemble that I have heard in decades.

The compositions span several periods of Mr. Plumeri's composing career, yet fit together seamlessly. His musical mind, speaking freely, elegantly, and powerfully through his lush orchestrations, refresh the soul and stimulate the musical imagination.

The musicianship is superb, the compositions engrossing, the production perfectly balanced. I find this disc to be something that provides life and beauty in any setting and circumstances.

It is wonderful to hear Mr. Plumeri's musical mind laid bare. The exquisite workmanship of his orchestral compositions is even more clearly visible when played by fewer voices. He creates an amazing amount of musical interest with spare instrumentation.

These chamber pieces have the relentless urgency, finesse, originality, and emotional impact of Beethoven's or Bartok's string quartets. This disc is not to be missed.

Jason R.

Great Chamber Music CD!
Plumeri’s Romance for Clarinet, Strings and Harp is a great and welcome addition to the clarinet repertoire. Robert Fitzer gives an exquisite performance in this premiere recording. The result is one in which the listener achieves an intimate and personal relationship with the warm and playful voice of the clarinet. I highly recommend this for those who love the concert clarinet. Other highlights of the CD are the exotic flavors captured in Sand Without Water. The dialog between the wild and frenetic bird represented by Kathryn Humble on flute and the somber and melancholy lyricism of the English Horn, is spectacular. Also not to be missed is the beautiful playing of premiere studio flautist, Louise Di Tullio on Plumeri’s Evening Light…A moody excursion into the color blue. All in all, Plumeri’s new chamber CD is one which begs to be played repeatedly.

Rachel G

A Beautiful Journey!
Plumeri takes the listener on a beautiful journey with his enchanting melodies. This is a CD I have listened to again and again leaving me with a warm feeling at the bottom of my soul. I highly recommend this CD for lover's of the clarinet and flute. The melodies expressed here are warm and magical, fun and daring, sometimes mysterious and haunting; all in all Plumeri's Romance for Clarinet, Strings and Harp is truly a musical masterpiece allowing the listener to journey to magical places. Bravo!!


Beautiful Melodies
If you love beautiful melodies in the delicate setting of a chamber ensemble, and great woodwind playing...You will love this CD.

Jon Drossos

Romance for Clarinet, Strings and Harp
Wonderful music. A purity of voice and questions-always answered in authoritative fashion; a dialogue between old souls with wise questions and searching answers. Reminds me of the songs that happen between the yin of distant lands and the yang of the nurturing present. The music seems like a call from all possible muses urging creation from the depths of your soul.