The brilliant debut recital disc from charismatic Spanish clarinettist Maximiliano Martín includes repertoire by Lutoslawksi, Nielsen, Debussy and Poulenc, accompanied on piano by fellow Spaniard Inocencio Negrin.
Martín and Negrín's selection represents a fresh, original and coherent collection of European works for clarinet and piano broadly representing the transition from late-romantic to 20th century modernist music. For the classical buyer looking for something new and different, this disc will make a fascinating listen.
Opening the programme are Lutoslawski's Dance Preludes, written in 1954 shortly after the death of Stalin, who had previously banned the composer's music for not conforming to the Communist ideal. Poulenc's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano is another highlight: the composer had planned sonatas for all the woodwind instruments but this was one of only three he was able to complete before his death in 1963. The choice of works by Yuste and Romero also gives the disc a Spanish flavour, in keeping with the soloists' nationalities.