Southport Records begins its Southport Classical Series with the release of Romantic Songs for Clarinet And Piano, featuring Wagner Campos, clarinet and Roderick Ferguson, piano. This digital recording includes the music of Carlos Guastavino, Prokofiev, Debussy and Rachmanioff. The duo setting provides a perfect stage for this mix of melodic, impressionist and modern forms of expression.
In many ways, the words romance and melodic are synonymous. The intensely warm tone of Wagner Campos works well with Mr. Ferguson's emotionally accurate pianism. The duo becomes one as they explore the last century of classical composition. Of special note is the duo's treatment of Argentinian composer Carlos Guastavino's neo-Romantic masterpiece, Sonata For Clarinet And Piano. Guastavino's knowledge of the classical period rivals Stravinsky.
Wagner Campos, a native of Costa Rica, received his Masters degree from DePaul University in Chicago where he studied with Larry Combs, the principal clarinetist of The Chicago Symphony.
Roderick Ferguson, a native of Gadsden, Alabama received his Masters degree from The University of Houston. The concept of this recording and many of the arrangements are attributed to the artist's extensive research and love of the material.
"Wagner Campos is one of the bright lights of his generation of clarinet performers." ~Larry Combs, Principal Clarinet, The Chicago Symphony