THE LYRIC CLARINET, the new release on Ravello Records, showcases a collection of works, originally for voice, which are transcribed, arranged, and performed by international performing and recording artist F. Gerard Errante. Errante selected compositions from German, French, and North and South American composers that illustrate the affinity between the clarinet and the human voice.
The French Art Songs of Poulenc and Debussy and the Lieder of Brahms, Schumann, and Schubert are beautifully performed and function as an excellent foil for the more contemporary compositions of Samuel Barber, Carlos Guastavino, Alberto Ginastera, John Duke, Lori Laitman, and Stephen Sondheim. Errante is perhaps best known in the musical community for his contributions to the classical avant-garde. lunar lace, by American composer D. Gause, provides a bridge between this genre and other vocal-based selections with its lyric soaring melodies in an avant-garde setting.