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Debussy: Cello Sonata; Brahms: Clarinet Trio / Thornton, Yusuf, Myer

Release Date: 03/01/2019
Label: Steinway & Sons Catalog #: 30109
Composer:  Claude Debussy ,  Johannes Brahms Performer:  Brian Thornton ,  Spencer Myer ,  Afendi Yusuf Number of Discs: 1

Cellist Brian Thornton is joined by pianist Spencer Myer and clarinetist Afendi Yusuf in a program of chamber music on the Steinway & Sons label. An impeccable performance of Debussyís striking Cello Sonata is followed by the lovely Clarinet Trio by Brahms.

Album Credits:
Recorded Direct to the Stereo Master at Clonick Hall Studio, Oberlin Conservatory of Music; Oberlin, Ohio on August 27 - 29, 2018.
Recording Producer: Thomas C. Moore, Five/Four Productions, Ltd.
Recording, Mix, and Mastering Engineer: Michael Bishop, Five/Four Productions, Ltd.
Recording Editor: Thomas C. Moore, Five/Four Productions, Ltd. Piano: Steinway Model D #464137 (New York)
Recorded and Mastered using
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Executive Producer: Jon Feidner
Art Direction: Jackie Fugere
Design: Cover to Cover Design, Anilda Carrasquillo
Production Assistant: Renée Oakford

Reviews:
Yusuf has a large, rich, creamy tone and a flawless technique, together with taste, character, and intelligence to burn.

-- Fanfare

Hereís your chance to hear two prominent members of the Cleveland Orchestra up close and beautifully personal. Cellist Brian Thornton steps out of his section with two major works from the chamber-music canon with colleague Afendi Yusuf, the orchestraís principal clarinet, and pianist Spencer Myer, a Northeast Ohio native and Cleveland International Piano Competition laureate. Start to finish, itís musical poetry. Thornton, it seems, was born for this repertoire, wielding every bit of the depth and sensitivity it requires. Yusuf, meanwhile, delivers a lustrous performance, and Myer is in virtuoso form as both technician and communicator. Chamber music simply doesnít get any better, or more intimate.

-- Cleveland Plain Dealer

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