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clarinet quintet

June 7, 2013

My clarinet quintet Songs from the Bush was given a beautiful performance in Kangaroo Valley at the ‘Valley Dreaming’ concert on May 5. I must thank clarinettist David Rowden for his care and attention in getting to know what I was attempting to do with this piece, especially as it is far from being an extrovert virtuoso vehicle for the soloist. He was sensitively supported, framed, chorused by four esteemed and wonderful colleagues, every one of them an exceptional soloist in their own right. My sincere thanks to Natsuko Yoshimoto and her husband Imants Larsens (violins), Roger Benedict (viola) and my old friend David Pereira (cello) for making me very happy, as well as reassured. You never quite believe that your music is any good until someone comes along and seems to believe in it more than you do.

Congratulations, too, to Belinda Webster and the team for another remarkable festival unlike any other.

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  1. Dan Carberry permalink
    June 8, 2013 1:08 am

    Hi Ian,
    Just heard on ABC that it’s your 50th today – felicitations. I also share a big one with you today, turning 60. You may not recall, but we met briefly during the International Chamber Music Competition a few years ago – 7-8 years ago??- when you were a judge on the panel. In my ignorance I introduced myself on the courtesy bus on the way to the competition, thinking you lot were fellow ticket winners in the ABC competition!! Oops!
    Still, you were very friendly and charming to a builder from the backwoods who had such a memorable time over that weekend. Have been following your career ever since, and by the way, ignore that Clive O’Connell bloke – from the style of his reviews he is so far up himself he’s in danger of disappearing up his own fundament!

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