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Einar Jóhannesson (clarinet) and Alessandra Pompilli (piano)

Wednesday February 7, 2018 at 19:30
Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form Centre, Clitheroe
£15, full-time students and accompanied children: free
Other Sources: Platform Gallery, Clitheroe
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  1. Sonata in D for clarinet and piano - Nino Rota
  2. La lugubre gondola II - Franz Liszt
  3. Kveðja for solo clarinet - Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson
  4. Studies 23 and 24 Op 11 - Sergio Calligaris
  5. Il quaderno pianistico di Renzo Op 7 - Sergio Calligaris
  6. Carvinal in Venice - Paul Jeanjean

This concert is an interesting mixture of what may be unfamiliar music to some, played by two musicians at the very peak of their professions: one Icelandic, one Italian, but both with strongly British connections.

Einar Jóhannesson studied clarinet at the Reykjavik College of Music and later at the Royal College of Music in London where he won the coveted Frederick Thurston prize. He is Principle Clarinettist of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, soloist for the Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra and founding member of Voces Thules, a group of six male voices specialising in medievel Icelandic church music. He has appeared as soloist thoughout Europe, Asia, America and Australia, often presenting pieces specially written for him by Icelandic composers. He has recorded for the Merlin, Chandos and BIS labels, as well as various radio and television networks.

Alessandra Pompili was born in Rome and gained her diploma in her home city under the guidance of composer Sergio Calligaris. She is playing two pieces by Segio in this concert. She gained maximum marks in her examination. She then moved on to the École Normale de Musique in Paris where she again passed with the highest mark possibe. At this point she found enough time to gain a degree in her other interests: the history of art and archaeology. She then transferred to Manchester University, gaining an MA in archaeology - then studying for - and being awarded - a Doctorate in the History of Art and Archaeology. She is now an Honorary Teaching Fellow at Manchester University. More time for music and her recent recording of Alan Hovhaness' piano music has been widely praised. Critic Martin Berkofsky said of the disc: "Her playing speaks directly from the heart and touches me deeply. I confess that her music has brought me to tears".

Sergio Calligaris summed it up with: "Miss Pompili is gifted with a notable technique, a fine sense for the structure of the works she performs and a fine musicianship which communicates with the audience successfully".

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