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Friday, February 12, 2021

Steven Christopher Sacco, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Amalie Wyrick-Flax, David Oei


I have known nothing of composer Steven Christopher Sacco until now and the engaging EP of his Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (American Composers Alliance). It is played with distinction by Amalie Wyrick-Flax on clarinet and David Oei on piano.

The Sonata is in four short movements. It has a tonal lyric bent but also a lot of character that gives it a Modern aura. The clarinet part welcomes an expressionist delivery which Amalie provides in good measure. The piano part has an equally essential presence and David excels in matching Amalie with a soaring sense of sensibility.

This music comes and goes in a flash yet it leaves an impression in the best sort of way. It belongs among the more impressive and original clarinet-piano outings of the present day. Strongly recommended.

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