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Michael Fine creates an atmospheric drawing with Five For Five / NIEUWE NOTEN

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The American Michael Fine is initially known as a producer - he received a Grammy Award for it in 1992 - working from his company Fine Sound Productions, based in Rotterdam. In addition, Fine is active as artistic director, for example for the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gergiev Festival. In addition, this centipede plays the clarinet and composes since 2013. Recently Evidence Classics published 'Five for Five' on which we find four quintets for wind and string quartets.

The advantage of this is that Fine plays the clarinet himself and therefore knows roughly what you can do with a bassoon, oboe, flute and clarinet, for which these four quintets are written. Fine is certainly not a newcomer. His style is more in line with the tradition of English classical music in the first half of the last century. We can clearly hear the influence of composers such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten and Frederick Delius. He succeeds in creating an atmospheric drawing through music, as witness these four pieces.

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