Brahms Quintet for clarinet and string quartet ~ 2nd movement: Adagio

From a live performance from Glencairn Museum, Bryn Athyn, PA
N. Rynston, clarinet; E. Grossman, L. Chai, violins; Xiao-Dong Wang, viola; A. Gerlach, ’cello; recorded by Lachlan Pitcairn

Brahms Quintet for clarinet and string quartet ~ 1st movement: Allegro

Live performance from Tenri Institute, NYC:  Neil Rynston, clarinet; Eric Grossman, Itamar Zorman, violins; Frank Foerster, viola; Lawrence Zoernig, ’cello

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Cantorial Aria no. 1 for solo clarinet, composed and performed by Neil Rynston

Based on cantorial aria ‘Habin yakir’ of Zavel Kwartin (1874-1952) and rewoven for solo clarinet, the cantorial arias for solo clarinet were inspired by the soulful essence of Middle Eastern music and of the great tradition of Jewish cantorial singing.

This is one of a set of four pieces I composed and performed for special events at B’nai Jeshurun, NYC. They were not meant to be additions to the klezmer repertory nor direct imitations of cantorial singing. They mark an important part of a personal spiritual journey, and as alluded to by the visuals, it was an important segment what continues to be a variegated exploration.

Tchaikovsky Piano Trio ~ 1st movement: Pezzo elegiaco

Live performance from Tenri Institute
Beth Levin, piano; Eric Grossman, violin; Lawrence Zoernig, ’cello

Tchaikovsky Piano Trio (part 2)

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Schubert: The Shepherd on the Rock

Emily Howard, mezzo-soprano; Neil Rynston, clarinet; Beth Levin, piano

In Schubert’s last song of 620+ songs, he created a pastiche of two poems, highlighting the contrasting abilities, from dramatic to coloratura, of Anna Hauptmann, an important dramatic soprano of the early 19th century.  Der Hirt auf dem Felsen is one of 2 or 3 of his Lieder which includes a solo obbligato instrument.

Rameau - 3 pièces de clavecin

Jean-Philippe Rameau: 3 Pièces de clavecin:
Les tendres plaintes;
Le rappel des oiseaux;
L’entretien des muses
from a live performance at Barge Music, Brooklyn, Summer 2013; visuals by N. Rynston

Schumann: Fantasy Pieces for clarinet and piano

Schumann Fantasiestücke (Fantasy Pieces) for clarinet and piano; N. Rynston and Beth Levin recorded at Peter Karl Studios as a preview for An Adventure in Romantic Psychedelia: a multi-media project interweaving 3 pieces of Schumann (Fantasiestücke. Liederkreis Op. 39, Märchenerzählungen (Narrated Tales)), a narration of ETA Hoffmann’s A New Year’s Eve Adventure and videography by Onomé Ekeh of featurezoo.net.

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Chopin: 7 Préludes, Op. 29

a clip of a brilliant performance of solo pianist Beth Levin of Chopin’s Préludes at Merkin Concert Hall, NYC.

Alexander von Zemlinksy - Andante con una fantasia

Alexander von Zemlinksy Trio in d-minor, 2nd movement – Andante con una fantasia
Vista Lirica: Neil Rynston, clarinet; Lawrence Zoernig,’cello; Beth Levin, piano
Levenson Hall, Brooklyn College, July 2007

Brahms: Piano Quartet in g-minor, 4th movement

Brahms Piano Quartet in g-minor, Op. 25 (1863) – 4th mv’t. Rondo alla zingarese (Presto): Vista Lirica live at Brooklyn Public Library, November 2013. The exuberance of the music and performance led to an explosive standing ovation, the whole concert was well appreciated and far outshone the dry acoustic and less than ideal recording quality.

Beth Levin, piano; Eric Grossman, violin; Frank Foerster, viola; Lawrence Zoernig, ’cello

Mozart Clarinet Concerto: Neil Rynston, clarinet; Gene Forrell, conductor; Vivaldi Travelling Virtuosi

recorded live in the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, NYC (too bad the microphone was placed in back of the orchestra.)