Sir John Dankworth was inspired by Benny Goodman's playing to study clarinet at the Royal Academy; he wrote the delightful Suite for Emma for this disc's performer, a former BBC Young Musician of the Year. Jazz and popular music influences bubble to the surface in the young Leonard Bernstein's Clarinet Sonata, which foreshadows the music for West Side Story. Also featured here, Aaron Copland's arrangement for clarinet of his 1943 Violin Sonata is a major addition to the repertoire.
"One of the leading soloists on the international stage, British clarinetist Emma Johnson has won critical acclaim for her expressive playing and musical personality…. This release, like many of her other recordings, may appeal to a wide audience."—American Record Guide