Karl Henning

"Composer & Clarinetist"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (24 of 26)
Location: Boston, MA
In My Own Words:
A composer and clarinetist, I have a suspicion that I may be the first man in history to have a piece performed on three continents, which was written on an MBTA bus. My wife Maria and mom-in-law Irina paint beautifully, and have an admirable talent for making life and the world around them exquisitely more beautiful than they found it.

My philosophy of composition differs radically from most … Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 252,799 - Total Helpful Votes: 24 of 26
Stravinsky:  Symphony of Psalm ~ Philharmonia Orchestra; Robert
Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalm ~ Philharmonia Orchestra; Robert
I commented earlier on Svadebka (Les noces) and the Symphony of Psalms. It's time I attended to Threni.
I am in absolute awe of a group of singers who can sing Threni so musically, and so accurately.
In De Elegia Prima, the flugelhorn (for which Stravinsky writes with characteristically Stravinskyan agility, and without much space to draw breath through long passages) sounds very sweet. The flugelhorn and Tenor I solo tend to emerge out of a fuller texture into very exposed duets, which they carry off flawlessly.
My favorite 'moment' in the whole score must be the sepulchral semitone crunch (in the middle of the Sensus Spei, beginning just before the choir sing… Read more
Sonata 2 / Preludes 1-24 ~ Chopin
Great disc; Shelley's playing is warm and sensitive, free of either dryness or excess. The Presto of the b-flat minor Sonata (and much the same goes for the G major and b-flat minor Preludes) is gracious, delicate and dazzling. We like everything on this disc, and of course all the usual favorites from among the Preludes (e minor, b minor, A major, c minor, e.g.) but especially the E major, F# Major, D-flat Major and E-flat Major Preludes, lots of warmth, sustained line, vigorous rhythm even when the tempo is not in any particular rush. Impossible to tire of the sound of the disc, the manner of the performance, or the character of the music.
Composer 9 ~ Stravinsky
Composer 9 ~ Stravinsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous, April 5 2004
This entire disc is a pleasure to listen to, though admirers of the Firebird should be warned that the Variations in memoriam Aldous Huxley (the latest work on the disc) are stylistically a wide leap from the Dukas-flavored Feux d'artifice (the earliest). Everything is competently and musically presented; and the stylistic variety only underscores the tour-de-force. The Concerto in D for strings, particularly, used to be one of the odd works in the Stravinsky catalogue which left me inexplicably cold; Craft's recording here brought the piece to life for me.
I've always love the complete Firebird, I've never understood how the concert world could for so long have insisted on… Read more