BASQUE HEART
Basque, Spanish and French Music for Clarinet

Oskar Espina Ruiz, Clarinet
Keiko Kurachi, Piano

KB 13701

ABOUT THIS CD:
This CD features a program of works that have become staples in Oskar Espina Ruiz’s repertoire, including the Sonate Posthume by Ravel and the works by Arriaga, Guridi and Gaigne. All the works in this album, except those by Milhaud and Saint-Saëns, are by Basque composers, and are presented here with a heartfelt depth by Oskar Espina Ruiz, whose first musical training was on Basque folk instruments, before he became a professional clarinetist in New York City.

TRACK LISTINGS:

Play 1. Guridi (1886-1961): Elegía
Play 2. Arriaga (1806-1826): Tema y Variaciones “La Húngara”
Play 3. Sarasate (1844-1908): Zortziko de Iparragirre
Play 4. Ravel (1875-1937): Pièce en forme de Habanera
Play 5. Ravel (1875-1937): Sonate Posthume
Play 6. Menéndez (1896-1975): Introducción, Andante y Danza
Play 7. Milhaud (1892-1974): Sonatine Op. 100: I. Trés rude
Play 8. Milhaud (1892-1974): Sonatine Op. 100: II. Lento
Play 9. Milhaud (1892-1974): Sonatine Op. 100: III. Trés rude
Play 10. Gaigne (1958- ): Iris (World Premier Recording)
Play 11. Saint-Saëns (1835-1921): Sonate Op. 167: I. Allegretto
Play 12. Saint-Saëns (1835-1921): Sonate Op. 167: II. Allegro animato
Play 13. Saint-Saëns (1835-1921): Sonate Op. 167: III. Lento
Play 14. Saint-Saëns (1835-1921): Sonate Op. 167: IV. Molto Allegro-Allegretto