Ahead of his performance at Hatfield House with Charles Owen yesterday, Julian was featured on Meet the Artist discussing his inspirations, challenges, favourite venues and more.
Read Julian's interview here: https://meettheartist.online/2022/09/22/julian-bliss-clarinettist/
Some wonderful reviews of Julian concert at Hatfield House have been released today, including this from Robert Hugill (Planet Hugill):
Poulenc's Clarinet Sonata (written in 1962, one of his last works) plunges straight in and so did Julian Bliss and Charles Owen, no feeling of easing into the work. Playing from memory, Bliss gave us a sense of inhabiting this piece, with all its changeable moments and the way the music can turn on a pin, juxtaposing the serious, the witty and the downright cheeky. And for all Poulenc's bad-boy antics in this, Bliss really brought out the underlying sense of melancholy in the whole work, even the perkier moments. There was quite a depth to the sound world, with Owen partnering Bliss superbly. The interior and intense second movement, with its haunting ending, was followed by the perky finale, full of wit and character, yet a serious wit.
Read the full review of the event here: https://www.planethugill.com/2022/09/from-scandinavia-to-buenos-aires-by-way.html