Simplicius/John Hawkins – CC6045
£9.99 – £23.99
“This exciting new recording focuses on music featuring the clarinet written over a period of fifty years by UK composer John Hawkins”.
This exciting new recording focuses on music featuring the clarinet written over a period of fifty years by
UK composer John Hawkins. Beginning with the most recent (‘Simplicius Simplicissimus’) the list works
back to early pieces, including a virtuoso concerto for clarinet and string orchestra. As well as the
orchestral works, the CD includes chamber music with both piano and ‘cello.
John Hawkins’ large-scale works include a trilogy about the sea including a ‘Sea Symphony’ which had
BBC broadcasts by both the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Orchestra.
Other BBC broadcasts have included ‘Urizen’ for viola and piano, ‘Variations’ for piano and ‘This World’
for choir and two trumpets (BBC Singers).
Soloist Steve Dummer, clarinet, was a student of the late, great Jack Brymer and now gives
regular concerts throughout the UK and in sessions for radio and television. He is also a
conductor and educator, as musical director of Kidenza, and founder and musical director of
both Talkestra and Stane Street Sinfonietta. He is a regular tutor and conductor at Dartington
Some reviews of John Hawkins’s music:
‘A name to remember’ (Gramophone)
‘. . . a wealth of opportunities, readily seized, for economical but effective musico-dramatic gestures….
All make their evocative points in an instant.’ (The Observer)
“… clearly the work of a distinguished musician who obviously has things to say and who knows how to
say them in accessible, communicative terms likely to appeal to larger audiences without ever
compromising or writing down to them …’ (MusicWeb International)
‘… academic complexities do not trouble the ear, which is constantly entertained and alternately
assuaged and assaulted by an endlessly fascinating stream of sounds.’ (Music and Musicians)
‘Hawkins has a gift for creating miniatures which have a heft and resonance well beyond their modest
duration’ (Musical Opinion)