SONY Pays Tribute to Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman with 40-CD Box

SONY Pays Tribute to Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman with 40-CD Box

SONY pays tribute to the legacy of "pied piper" clarinetist Richard Stoltzman with a fascinating 40-CD box set that illustrates the impact this "magical" artist has had on the world of music.

He is the first (and only) clarinetist to give recitals at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium (with Benny Goodman in attendance) and the Hollywood Bowl, and at venues around the world that had never heard

a classical clarinet recital. He is the first clarinetist to solo with over 200 U.S. and international orchestras. And, he is an artist for whom scores of composers, including Foss, Rautavaara and Takemitsu, wrote concertos, while others arranged works by Bernstein for him and orchestra. Steve Reich wrote 'New York Counterpoint' for him and a recorded clarinet choir of ten Richard Stoltzmans. A founding member of the legendary TASHI ensemble, Richard Stoltzman became a musical pioneer giving the clarinet a new and expanded role as a captivating solo instrument - a truly American voice.

He not only won a Grammy for his recording of the Brahms Sonatas with master pianist Richard Goode, he also won one for trios with Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax and received three more nominations, including one for 'Ebony' with Woody Herman's "Thundering Herd." It was Herman, for whom Stravinsky had written the "Ebony Concerto" -- a piece Herman felt he could never master -- who invited Stoltzman to tour with him playing jazz and the thorny Stravinsky work.

Stoltzman recorded numerous Billboard-charted hit crossover albums produced by Spyro Gyra member Jeremy Wall, the first being 'Begin Sweet World', and also recorded 'Innervoices'with singer Judy Collins. He recorded concertos by Mozart, Weber, Rossini and more with Alexander Schneider, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra; Copland, Bernstein and Gershwin with Michael Tilson Thomas and the London Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart trios with Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax; Bartok, Stravinsky and Ives trios with violinist Lucy Chapman and Richard Goode; Schubert and Schumann with Ax; and Mozart, Brahms and Weber quintets with the Cleveland and Tokyo String Quartets.