Opening Night

Opening Night

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Artist: Mark Nuccio

Composers: Johannes Brahms, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Format: 1 CD


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This exceptional live recording of clarinetist Mark Nuccio, Principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic, supported by a stellar string quartet presents a lively interpretation of Mozart and Brahms’ clarinet quintets. 

Recorded at the private concert hall of conductor, Loren Maazel in Castleton, VA, these pieces stand at the peak of clarinet repertoire. We feel that the title, “Opening Night,” best showcases Mark’s virtuosity during this live performance, as well as his first solo effort. Critics have praised Nuccio for both solo and chamber appearances, citing his “first-rate solos,” “fluent shaping of lines,” and “effortless soft playing.” 

Mr. Nuccio joined the New York Philharmonic in 1999 as Associate Principal and Solo E-flat Clarinetist. He previously held positions with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Denver Symphony Orchestra, Savannah (Georgia) Symphony, and the Florida Orchestra in Tampa.He has also performed with orchestras in Minnesota, Atlanta, Birmingham, and Charleston, S.C. He has worked with several distinguished conductors including Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Erich Leinsdorf, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, André Previn, and Christoph von Dohnanyi. Additionally, Mr. Nuccio has toured with both the New York Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony in dozens of countries, recorded with both orchestras and performed with the Philharmonic on the PBS award-winning series, Live from Lincoln Center. 

Mark Nuccio made his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 2001, his Japanese recital debut in 2002 and now currently performs regular recitals in the Far East as well as Europe. In New York, he can often be heard at Merkin Concert Hall and the 92nd Street Y, as well as Carnegie Hall. During summers, Mr. Nuccio performs chamber music at the Strings in the Mountain Music Festival in Steamboat, Colorado and at Bravo! Vail.

A Manhattan School of Music professor, Nuccio is also a gifted studio musician, and is featured on several movie soundtracks, including Failure to Launch, The Last Holiday, The Rookie, The Score, Intolerable Cruelty, The Alamo, Pooh’s Heffalump, Hitch, The Manchurian Candidate and numerous television commercials. He also performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, as well as the 2003 Grammy Awards. 

Track List

Quintet in A major for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581
1. Allegro
2. Larghetto
3. Menuetto
4. Allegretto

Quintet in B minor for Clarinet and Strings, Op. 115
5. Allegro
6. Adagio
7. Andantino—Presto non assai, ma con sentimento
8. Finale—Con moto

Total time: 74:07
Release date: 2006
UPC: 053479060228