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30 May 2024
Vienna Calling: Sonatas and Miniatures for Clarinet and Piano

Anthony Pike (clarinet)
John Lenehan (piano)

This release features two of the UK’s most distinguished chamber musicians in a programme united by strong connections to the city of Vienna. The programme places the late sonatas by Brahms alongside works by Alban Berg, Egon Wellesz, and Ernst Krenek, who Glenn Gould described as “a one-man history of wentieth century music”. The performances demonstrate the development of music in Vienna from the late Romanticism of Brahms to the Serialism of Berg. They further shine a light on the two lesser-known sons of the city, Egon Wellesz, and Ernst Krenek both of whom were forced to flee in 1938. Anthony Pike and John Lenehan began their duo partnership at the 1980 B.B.C. Young Musician of the Year competition. Many of the pieces on this CD have featured in their recital programmes ever since, including in broadcasts for Radio 3. They are the result of years of careful thought and collaboration by two artists who are hugely in demand as chamber musicians. Recorded by this extraordinarily creative and successful partnership spanning over forty years. The great Brahms clarinet sonatas and Berg Vier Stücke are presented with rarely heard contemporaries Krenek and Wellesz. A significant recording for 2022 released by a label dedicated to the clarinet and saxophone, celebrating its thirtieth anniversary.


Ernst Krĕnek: Kleine Suite, Op. 28

I. Praeludium

II. Andantino

III. Bourrée

IV. Adagio

V. "Moderner" Tanz

Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1

I. Allegro appassionato

II. Andante un poco adagio

III. Allegretto grazioso

IV. Vivace

Alban Berg: Vier Stücke, Op. 5

I. Mäßig

II. Sehr langsam

III. Sehr rasch

IV. Langsam

Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, Op. 120 No. 2

I. Allegro amabile

II. Allegro appassionato

III. Andante con moto - Allegro

Egon Wellesz: Suite, Op. 74

I. Rhapsody

II. Serenade

III. Scherzo

IV. Dance

Egon Wellesz: 2 Stücke, Op. 34

I. No. 1. Moderato

II. No. 2. Andante appassionato

Ernst Krĕnek: Monologue, Op. 157

I. Moderato

II. L'istesso tempo

III. Larghetto

IV. Allegretto

V. Allegro appassionato


Ernst Krĕnek: Rhapsody, Op. 85a (F)

Recorded in St George's Headstone, London, UK on 8th & March 2021
Mastering: 360Music
Recording Engineering: Michael Ponder
Recording Production: Michael Ponder

Anthony Pike (clarinet)Anthony Pike was born in Seoul, Korea, and studied the clarinet with Julian Farrell in London, Robert Marcellus in Chicago and Dame Thea King At the Royal College of Music. Anthony is the principal clarinet with the English Chamber Orchestra (E.C.O.), and has performed concertos with them extensively.

He has also appeared as guest principal with most of the British orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Chamber music collaborators have included Christian Zacharias, Ralph Gothóni, Joachim Trio, Medici and Tippet Quartets and E.C.O. Ensemble.

He is regularly invited, as chamber musician and soloist, to appear at international festivals which have included Edinburgh, Johannesburg, Nordland, Hong Kong and Bermuda.

Despite reading Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Magdalen College, Oxford, Anthony gradually became more absorbed with playing the clarinet. The National Federation of Music Societies ‘Young Artist’ award provided a springboard for his recital career, and he made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1994. Concerto appearances at the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Cadogan Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall followed.

Anthony’s discography includes Mozart Concerto for Basset Clarinet with Ralph Gothóni and the E.C.O., the complete works for clarinet and piano by Max Reger (Martin Jones, piano), the entire 2000-2003 Associated Board syllabus for clarinet, Vaughan Williams Six Studies in English Folksong and early Quintet (John Lenehan, piano), and Copland Clarinet Sextet. Studio soundtrack recordings include Harry Potter, James Bond and Shrek amongst many others. He played the theme music for the ‘Lewis’ television series. The Oscar winning score to Atonement uses his solo clarinet in a particularly haunting way.

Anthony is also a sought after and experienced teacher. He was a Professor of Clarinet at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama between 1997 and 2003, and currently teaches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. He plays on Selmer Recital clarinets.

With more than 70 albums to his credit, reflecting an enormous variety of genres and styles, John Lenehan ranks as one of the most versatile pianists on the classical scene today. Praised by the New York Times for his “great flair and virtuosity” and the (London) Times – “a masterly recital”, John Lenehan has appeared in concerts throughout the World from Abu Dhabi to Zurich and from Aberdeen to Zimbabwe. As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras such as the London Symphony at the Barbican and the Royal Philharmonic in the Royal Albert Hall. John Lenehan has also collaborated with some of the leading instrumentalists of our time and is recognised as an outstanding and versatile chamber musician.

His many recordings include piano recitals and concertos as well as duo sonatas, chamber music and jazz. His four-disc survey of John Ireland’s piano music received great critical acclaim including a Gramophone award. His other solo recordings include three discs for Sony Classical of minimalist piano works and a disc of Erik Satie (for Classic FM). Most recently he has recorded concertos by Mozart (K.467) and Beethoven (Emperor) with the National Symphony Orchestra.

John Lenehan also composes, with works published by Faber, Novello and Schott. His Fantasy on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker has recently been recorded by the Budapest Symphony Orchestra. He has written and arranged for a long list of soloists and orchestras including Nicola Benedetti, Leonidas Kavakos, Nigel Kennedy, Tasmin Little, Ksenija Sidorova (at the last night of the Proms 2021) and Yuja Wang. John also presents film and music programmes, reviving the art of the improvising pianist – the most recent being “The Roaring Twenties.”

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