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CHAN 10637
The Lyrical Clarinet

The Lyrical Clarinet

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2011

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2010

Artists:

Michael Collins

clarinet

Michael McHale

piano

Venue:

Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk



Producer:

Rachel Smith



Engineer:

Jonathan Cooper



Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Woodwind


Piano

Total Time - 80:15
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NORBERT BURGMULLER

(1810-1836)
1 

Duo, Op. 15

11:03
  in E flat major - in Es-Dur - en mi bémol majeur  
  Allegro - Adagio - Larghetto - Allegro - Più moto  
 

GERALD FINZI

(1901-1956)
 

Five Bagatelles, Op. 23

14:59  
2 I Prelude. Allegro deciso - Poco meno mosso - Tempo I 3:35
3 II Romance. Andante tranquillo - Poco più mosso - Tempo I 4:36
4 III Carol. Andantino semplice 2:00
5 IV Forlana. Allegretto grazioso 2:34
6 V Fughetta. Allegro vivace 2:10
   
 

HEINRICH JOSEPH BAERMANN

(1784-1847)
7 

Adagio

4:15
  Arranged by Pamela Weston from Clarinet Quintet No. 3, Op. 23  
 

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS

(1835-1921)
 

Sonata, Op. 167

15:55  
  in E flat major - in Es-Dur - en mi bémol majeur  
  À Monsieur Auguste Périer, Professeur au Conservatoire de Musique de Paris  
8 I Allegretto 4:23
9 II Allegro animato 2:07
10 III Lento - 4:21
11 IV Molto allegro - Allegretto 5:01
   
 

ARVO PART

(b. 1935)
12 

Spiegel im Spiegel

9:15
  für W. Spiwakow  
 

PAUL READE

(1943-1997)
 

Suite from 'The Victorian Kitchen Garden'

11:23  
  For Emma Johnson  
13 I Prelude. Andante pastorale 3:12
14 II Spring. Allegretto 1:24
15 III Mists. Lento melancolico 2:52
16 IV Exotica. Allegro ritmico 1:41
17 V Summer. Flowing 2:11
   
 

FRANCIS POULENC

(1899-1963)
 

Sonata, S 184

13:37  
  À la mémoire d'Arthur Honegger  
  Edited by Millan Sachania  
18 I Allegro tristamente. Allegretto - Très calme - Tempo allegretto 5:15
19 II Romanza. Très calme 5:17
20 III Allegro con fuoco. Très animé 3:03


Michael Collins, the virtuoso clarinettist and exclusive Chandos artist, returns for a second volume in Chandos’ series showcasing the extraordinarily wide range of music written for his instrument. The first volume, The Virtuoso Clarinet (CHAN 10615), was described by International Record Review as: ‘…an absolute charmer, most beautifully played… difficult to imagine a finer performance than that given here.’

Accompanied by Michael McHale on the piano, Collins here explores the lyrical qualities of the clarinet in a programme comprising a widely varied repertoire. One of the prime qualities of the instrument is its likeness in tone and range to the human voice, which has inspired composers to write aria and lyric song-like pieces for it.

Baermann’s Adagio in D flat perfectly illustrates the clarinet’s capacity for sustained lyric melody, taking on the character of an operatic aria, the clarinet’s soulful line interspersed with sudden bursts of bravura. Though once ascribed to Richard Wagner, the piece is now acknowledged as being by Baermann, widely recognised as one of the greatest clarinettists of his time.

Among the other key works on this release is Saint-Saëns’s four-movement Clarinet Sonata in E flat. A very late work, it is one of three woodwind sonatas composed shortly before the composer’s death in 1921. In this work too, the clarinet appears at its most lyrical, not least in the refined and songful opening theme; as quicker and more extrovert music takes centre stage, the movement exploits the full virtuoso potential of the clarinet.

The Clarinet Sonata of 1962, one of Poulenc’s very last works, was dedicated to the memory of Arthur Honegger, a fellow member of the ‘Groupe des Six’ in the 1920s, who had died in 1955. This accounts for the intense sense of sadness and loss in the first movements. However, the finale offers relief from the sombre mood, capturing a kaleidoscope of witty, agile, and highly rhythmic ideas right up to the dramatic conclusion.

 

"Imaginative, inspired playing by a leading clarinettist of a range of works."

Edward Greenfield - Gramophone May 2011
 


"Convincingly argued performances...The warm recording comes courtesy of Potton Hall, an elite venue of choice for chamber recitals."

Jonathan Woolf -  Music-web international - 15 March 2011
 


                   Performance *****      Recording *****
“It’s hard to imagine this varied programme better played than it is here by Collins an Michael McHale. They’re technically impeccable and stylistically flexible, and aided by an unobtrusively excellent recording, they both produce some beautiful pianissimo playing.”


Anthony Burton - BBC Music Mag,  April 2011                                                                            





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D Guest

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M Plourde

*****
Beautifully played, with warmth, conviction and great tonal quality. Highly recommended.
G Stephens