Album Release: Greg Raden and "Trios for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano"

Date Posted: August 26, 2020

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We catch up with Vandoren artist and Principal Clarinetist of the Dallas Symphony, Greg Raden. Learn about his latest CD and his experiences recording this chamber CD.

Tell us about your CD, "Trios for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano." How did you choose the repertoire?

We wanted repertoire that was varied and that we enjoyed playing.

When did you first form the Teton Trio?

The Teton Trio was formed about three years ago at the Grand Teton Music Festival where we all play together in the summers. Brant, the violist, and I had worked together even before at another festival and Brant and our pianist, Jason, are colleagues in the Utah Symphony. We decided that we loved playing together so why not make a recording of some of our favorites?

Why did you want to record a CD dedicated to clarinet trios?

I decided to record Clarinet Trios because I am passionate about chamber music and enjoy it even more than solo repertoire. I love the interaction and alchemy that can occur when a group is really on the same wavelength.

"I love the interaction and alchemy that can occur when a group is really on the same wavelength." - Greg Raden

You made beautiful arrangements of two Schubert songs, how did you choose them?

There are so many incredibly beautiful Schubert Lieder it was hard to pick just a few but I felt these would be well suited for the clarinet and viola in mood and timbre. No one writes a more beautiful melody than Schubert and it's a joy and a challenge to try and be as lyric and vocal as possible.

What specific challenges did you have when making this recording away from home in the Tetons?

Yes, recording this in the Tetons was a bit challenging because of the altitude. It's 6300 feet but the gorgeous surroundings and acoustics of Walk Festival Hall made it worthwhile.

What advice would you give to clarinetists working in chamber groups?

My advice would be to always have your eyes and ears open and to know not only your part but everyone else's as well. Understand how your part fits in to the larger picture. Study the score.

What has your performance life looked like during COVID?

COVID has presented many challenges for everyone. As a performer we had been virtually silenced at first. I am very proud of my orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, for being one of the first to perform again onstage. We played one of the Mozart Serenades that was recorded and streamed. Every precaution was taken to ensure our safety. It was a joy to make music again. I have done some other things online as well to stay engaged with our public.

How has your teaching style adapted to this time?

How important it is to be creative and self-motivated. Much of my teaching has and will be virtual for the foreseeable future. It is amazing how quickly the students have adapted to this forum and continue to work and develop in a less than ideal setting.

Also, be kind to yourself. It's a good time to work on repertoire you have always wanted to, make some changes in your playing, or go back to the basics. These are difficult and unprecedented times. Stay safe and healthy everyone!

Preview and Purchase Greg's CD Here.

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