Following on from the success of Anna Hashimoto's critically acclaimed debut album on the Meridian label, "A Touch of France", this CD features a very personal collection of works. Two opera arrangements again showcase Anna Hashimoto's dazzling virtuosity; Alexander Rosenblatt's "Carmen Fantasy" takes the listener on a glorious journey of paraphrases from Bizet's original opera, adding a strong jazz flavour to the familiar dances, and the CD ends with Luigi Bassi's extraordinarily colourful variations on Verdi's "Rigoletto". Arrangements of familiar works by Bach, Bellini, Schubert's "Arpeggione" Sonata and Tartini's "Devil's Trill" Sonata either by Anna Hashimoto or reworked by her create a wonderful portrait of one of the UK's most outstanding clarinetists.
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