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Chamber Music


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HARRIET COHEN (pianoforte)
There are many fine clarinet players, but few can be called great interpretative artists. Frederick Thurston is one of the exceptions, for not on]y does he possess perfect technical mastery over his instrument, but he is a musician of deep convictions and unusual sensitiveness.
Mr. Thurston first studied the clarinet under his father, and then won a'n open scholarship to the Royal College of Music and studied under that great clarinettist, Charles Drape 'r. On leaving the Royal College of Music Mr. Thurston joined the Covent Garden Opera Orchestra and what was then known as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Since the early days of the BBC at Marconi House Mr. Thurston has played principal clarinet, and although still a young man when the BBC Symphony Orchestra was formed he was chosen for the post of principal clarinet. It is interesting to note that Mr. Thurston is now a professor at the Royal College of Music. Among important first performances in which he has taken part are Bliss's Clarinet Quintet and Bax's Clarinet Sonata, which is to be heard this evening.
The Bax, Sonata consists of only two movements: the first is quiet, idyllic, and rather plaintive in style, the second is vivacious and strongly rhythmical. The whole Sonata exploits the capabilities of the clarinet with beautiful and expressive effect.


Clarinet: Frederick Thurston
Pianoforte: Harriet Cohen
Artists: Frederick Thurston
Clarinettist: Charles Drape

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