32 Etudes for Clarinet
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The first recording of the complete collection of etudes for clarinet by Cyrille Rose.

Cyrille Rose was one of the most respected clarinet performers of the 19th century. A student of Hyacinthe Klose at the Paris Conservatory, he won the First Prize in clarinet in 1847. Rose taught there from 1876 to 1900. From 1857 to 1891 he served as clarinetist at the Paris Opera. Renowned especially for his insistence on careful phrasing, many of his students went on to win first prizes. Today, Rose is remembered for his series of clarinet etudes, most of them arrangements of earlier works for other instruments. This CD presents his best-known collection, the Thirty-Two Etudes. Rose based all but one of these studies on Franz Wilhelm Ferling's Forty-Eight Etudes for Oboe, Op. 31. He generally preserved the outline of Ferling's original etude, but transposed the key and made alterations at times in the melody, rhythm and articulations to render the pieces stylistically idiomatic for the clarinet. His goal was to develop control and good phrasing in the performer. They are in the keys of C, G, F, D, B-flat, A, E-flat, E, B, and D-flat Major, plus a, e, d, b, g and c minor. During his eleven years with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Sean Osborn traveled throughout the United States and the world. He has also appeared as guest principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony and the American Symphony Orchestra. Currently clarinet teacher at the University of Washington, he is also an award-winning composer.
Cyrille Rose, composer
32 Etudes for Clarinet
Sean Osborn, clarinet

"Osborn's impeccable technique and evenly modulated tone...transcend these works' didactic purpose in order to make music." (ClassicsToday.com)

"Sean Osborn...is a player of such splendid flexibility and expressive range that he makes the pieces here seem like miniature masterpieces." (Gramophone)

"[Sean Osborn's] playing is exemplary in all aspects - tone, articulation, dynamic control, legato, and his technical work is a model of fluency and ease." (The Clarinet)
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