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CHAN 10804

The Virtuoso Clarinet, Volume 2

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Michael Collins

clarinet

Michael McHale

piano

Venue:

Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk



Producer:

Rachel Smith



Engineer:

Jonathan Cooper


Paul Quilter

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Woodwind


Piano

Total Time - 70:13
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CLAUDE DEBUSSY

(1862-1918)
1 

Premiere Rhapsodie (1909-10)

8:35
  for Clarinet and Piano  
  À P[rosper] Mimart en témoignage de sympathie  
  Rêveusement lent - Poco mosso - Scherzando (le double plus vite) - Tempo I - Le double plus vite -  
 

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR

(1844-1937)
2 

Introduction et rondo, Op. 72

8:06
  for Clarinet and Piano  
  À son ami M. C[yrille] Rose  
  Allegro - Agitato - Moderato - Allegro - Più largo - (Tempo I)  
 

LEONARD BERNSTEIN

(1918-1990)
 

Sonata (1941-42)

10:42  
  for Clarinet and Piano  
  for David Oppenheim  
3 I Grazioso - Un poco più mosso - Un poco più mosso - 3:47
  Meno mosso - Tempo I  
4 II Andantino - Vivace e leggiero - Lento molto - Più andante - 6:54
  Poco più lento - Più mosso - Tempo I [Vivace]  
 

DARIUS MILHAUD

(1892-1974)
5 

Duo concertant, Op. 351 (1956)

6:42
  for Clarinet and Piano  
  À Ulysse Delécluse  
  Vif - Modéré - Vif  
 

GABRIEL PIERNE

(1863-1937)
6 

Canzonetta, Op. 19 (1888)

3:42
  for Clarinet with Piano Acompaniment  
  À mon ami Ch[arles] Turban  
  Andantino moderato - Più lento - Tempo I  
 

BOHUSLAV MARTINU

(1890-1959)
 

Sonatina, H 356 (1956)

10:52  
  for B flat Clarinet and Piano  
7 Moderato - (Poco meno, ad libitum) - Tempo I - 5:23
  Moderato - (Poco meno, ad libitum) - Allegro -  
8 Andante - 3:05
9 Poco allegro 2:21
   
 

ROBERT MUCZYNSKI

(1929-2010)
 

Time Pieces, Op. 43 (1983)

 
  for Clarinet and Piano  
  For Mitchell Lurie  
10 I Allegro risoluto - Subito più mosso - Tempo I 2:38
11 II Andante espressivo - Meno mosso - Tempo I - 5:44
  Poco più mosso - Meno mosso - Subito più mosso -  
12 III Allegro moderato - [ ] - Tempo I - Presto subito 2:13
13 IV Introduction. Andante molto - Allegro - 5:16
  Allegro energico - Cadenza - Tempo I  
 

HENRI RABAUD

(1873-1949)
14 

Solo de concours, Op. 10 (1901)

5:47
  for B flat Clarinet and Piano  
  Moderato - Largo - Allegro  


Chandos exclusive artist Michael Collins here presents the second volume in his series designed to display the extraordinarily wide range of music written for the clarinet. Volume 1 was BBC Music Magazine Editor’s Choice and received IRR Outstanding from International Record Review, which stated: ‘It is difficult to imagine a finer performance than is given here.’

Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie was written as a test piece for the Paris Conservatoire and contrasts long lyrical lines with capricious acrobatics for the clarinet, being described by the composer as ‘hovering between reverie and scherzo’. Pieces by Rabaud and Widor, also written for the Paris Conservatoire, test the abilities of the player with their exuberant displays of virtuosity. A jazz influence is present in other works on the release. The Clarinet Sonata which Bernstein wrote at the start of his career is a vivid testimony to his early promise and his fascination with jazz. Milhaud’s Duo concertant and Martinu’s Sonatina were composed in 1956 and demonstrate a diversity of influence, both combining folk and jazz elements. Each of the four Time Pieces by Muczynski highlights some specific characteristic of the clarinet in terms of range, technical prowess, tone colour, and expressiveness.

"... This warmly recorded recital continues the good work established by Collins in the earlier volume."

 Jonathan Woolf - MusicWeb-International.com - 3 June 2014

 

 "... it is impossible not to admire his dextrous skill, musicality and joie de vivre. In all, this is a very well-constructed and pleasurable album."

Graham Rogers - International Record Review - April 2014


 “Michael Collins and his pianist Michael McHale present us with a programme of pieces all expertly written for the clarinet, and very entertaining too… This CD has been planned with great care, taking the listener from one enticing piece to the next in sheer delight.”

Adrian Edwards – Gramophone magazine – April 2014 




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