Mark Nuccio Plays Copland's Clarinet Concerto

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Mark Nuccio is the soloist in Copland’s Clarinet Concerto. Mark Nuccio is the soloist in Copland’s Clarinet Concerto. (Chris Lee)

Mark Nuccio, who has been the New York Philharmonic's associate principal and solo E-flat clarinetist for the past 16 years, announced last month that he is leaving to take the principal clarinet job at the Houston Symphony.

Before he steps down at the Philharmonic, he's featured in this week's broadcast of a concert from last year’s Bravo! Vail festival. Nuccio is the soloist in Copland’s Clarinet Concerto. Bramwell Tovey leads the orchestra.

Program playlist:
Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Gershwin (arr. Rose): Strike Up the Band from Strike Up the Band
Copland: Clarinet Concerto
Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite

Wagner: Selections from the Ring Cycle (based on the Eric Leinsdorf condensation)

Comments [1]

Les from Miami, Florida

New York's loss will certainly be Houston's gain. Bramwell Tovey combines just the right amount of wit and humor in his introductions with his considerable mastery of the baton. The first radio performance of Copland's Clarinet Concerto was with Benny Goodman and the NBC Symphony conducted by Fritz Reiner in 1951; and Ferde Grofe' was in attendance when Arturo Toscanini conducted "Grand Canyon Suite" with the NBC Symphony in 1943, two years before the recording was made. I think Grofe's mastery of the orchestra is astounding and he's vastly underrated, usually only mentioned as writing the clarinet glissando that opens Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue". A vibraphone in "Painted Desert" ( also used by Roy Harris in his Third Symphony) coconut shells (the horses' hoofs) muffled on leather in "On the Trail", and a wind machine in parts of "Cloudburst" are the only "unusual" instruments. "Cloudburst" packs a whallop like the Thunderstorm in R. Strauss's "An Alpine Symphony". I can't wait to hear this concert from the Vail Festival.

Jul. 16 2015 10:26 AM

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