September 12, 2014
John Adams ‘Gnarly Buttons’ BBC NOW
John Adams‘s clarinet concerto, Gnarly Buttons, was the work that emerged with most integrity here. Soloist Mark Simpson, a Radio 3 Young Generation artist and – like Adams – both a clarinettist and a composer, was thoughtful and virtuosic, while conductor Eric Stern proved an energising source throughout the performance.
The Guardian / BBC NOW Hoddinott Hall Cardiff / November 2013