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F. Gerard Errante
Beyond Noend with Errante
Total Time: 61:20
Record Label: Drimala Records
Catalog Number: DR 99-347-02
UPC: 6-97857-99022-8
Type: CD
Released: 2000

$11.98

A splendid cross-over disc featuring highly modern and engaging works by F. Gerard Errante, John Toomey, Jack Delano, Jane Brockman, Jody Nagel, Mark Carlson, Peter Terry, Joshua Chan, Robert Scott Thompson and Carl Della Peruti.

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Beyond Noend with Errante features international recording artist, F. Gerard Errante, who Musical America described as "one of our finest clarinetists, possessing a virtuoso technique, beautiful rich sound, and flawless musicality" and Living Music described simply as "a MONSTER of a performer." Beyond Noend with Errante includes ten compositions for acoustic and electronic clarinet uniquely woven by Errante into an aural fabric that points the way to a new millennium in music.

This evocative recording features the world recording premier of three new works by contemporary new music composers Jane Brockman, Robert Scott Thompson, and Peter Terry. The CD also features a new work, Silent Tears, by F. Gerard Errante and John Toomey that was commissioned for this recording. Beyond Noend with Errante blurs the line between contemporary classical and jazz to create a listening space beyond genre, somewhere in time.
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F. Gerard Errante is an accomplished clarinetist who has performed extensively in the United States and internationally, focusing on contemporary composition. Here, he is featured in a highly attractive set of what appears at first blush to embody "classical crossover," but which is actually an exciting blend of black stick, synthesizers, and electronics in settings ranging from pastoral to vigorously adventurous. Errante boasts a full, sweet tone, and he negotiates some prickly passages that test his abilities. Pieces include a daring and emotional memorial to humanitarian Phil Egart, entitled "Silent Tears"; the second movement of a gorgeous sonata by Jack Delano originally written for viola; and a fascinating movement from Mark Carlson's "The Hall of Mirrors," incorporating a kind of fusion of pop and classical elements. The electronic elements are tastefully added, so that the overall effect has a serious, though engagingly modern ring.

~ Steven Loewy, All Music Guide
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