Helen Habershon – NEW RELEASE!
Excited to announce that following the wonderful success of Helen’s recent album Found in Dreams, her fifth album ‘Helen Habershon and John Lenehan play Finzi and Brahms’ was released on the Divine Art label on May 13th.
This new album includes Brahms’ F minor Sonata and Finzi’s 5 Bagatelles (extracts from which appear in Found in Dreams) as well as four of Brahms’ glorious songs arranged for clarinet and piano.
The album was chosen as Album of the Week on NPO Radio 4. https://www.facebook.com/234980626664699/posts/2203605769802165/?d=n
Helen Habershon and John Lenehan: Music for clarinet and piano by Finzi and Brahms
This album follows Helen’s latest release Found in Dreams, a beautiful collection of her all-time favourites, new pieces and a select few movements of outstanding clarinet repertoire by Brahms and Finzi, performed here as full works.
It has been my intention for some time to record more of the clarinet repertoire but until now my composition has been more of a priority for me!
Brahms is one of my favourite composers, but this has not always been the case. When I was learning his clarinet sonatas as a student at the Royal College of Music, I didn’t really appreciate them fully and it was only after hearing the absolutely beautiful violin sonata in G major that I rediscovered them. I was then studying at the Institute of Advanced Musical Studies in Montreux, Switzerland and staying with a friend in the countryside when he put on a recording of the work played by Josef Suk and Julius Katchen. As I looked at the magical scene through the window, of the snow falling gently to the ground, I was entranced by the sheer beauty of this music and realised that the composer was the very same Brahms who had written sonatas for the clarinet! Since then I’ve never looked back and I never tire of performing them, seeing them as very dear friends.
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.