Chamber Music Northwest’s latest release David Shifrin & Friends gets a Five Star rating and an absolute rave review from Audiophile Audition:
“David Shifrin has been well known as one of the country’s great clarinetists for many years. His work as artistic director of Chamber Music Northwest in Portland dates from the early 1980s and served in a similar capacity for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center from 1992-2004. He is a gifted performer with a warm, attractive tone and fluid technique… This recording with CMNW features Shifrin performing a very interesting contemporary program with many of the same wonderful players he has worked with in New York for so many years; most notably Ani and Ida Kavafian, violinists and Fred Sherry, cellist. This wonderful recording features first class performances all around, including that of pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, who plays in all but the Zwilich.
“As good as the musicianship is in this CD, the real pleasure – and a couple of pleasant surprises – may be the music, itself…
“This is really one of the better clarinet discs I have encountered all year. I have long admired David Shifrin’s playing and his obvious artistry. The same is true for the supporting staff. The members of CMNW represented here as some of the world’s best musicians. Every composer represented here should not require an introduction. If Copland is the historical founder of an “American” sound in music; then Hartke, Kernis and Zwilich are some of the best known and most respected of his “descendants.” I recommend this recording strongly for the performances, the music and the marvelous sound quality by the engineers at Delos.” — Daniel Coombs, Audiophile Audition