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The Virtuoso Clarinet, Vol. 2 - works by Debussy, Widor, Bernstein, Milhaud, Pierné, Martinu et al. / Michael Collins, clarinet; Michael McHale, piano

Audio Samples

>Debussy, Claude : Premiere Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Orchestra
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Introduction & Rondo, for clarinet & piano, Op. 72
>Bernstein, Leonard : Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
>Milhaud, Darius : Duo Concertante for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 351
>Pierné, Gabriel : Canzonetta, for clarinet & piano, Op. 19
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano
>Muczynski, Robert : Time Pieces, for clarinet & piano, Op. 43
>Rabaud, Henri : Solo de concours, for clarinet & piano, Op. 10

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Premiere Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Orchestra
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Introduction & Rondo, for clarinet & piano, Op. 72
>Bernstein, Leonard : Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
>Milhaud, Darius : Duo Concertante for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 351
>Pierné, Gabriel : Canzonetta, for clarinet & piano, Op. 19
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano
>Muczynski, Robert : Time Pieces, for clarinet & piano, Op. 43
>Rabaud, Henri : Solo de concours, for clarinet & piano, Op. 10
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Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
The recital has fine moments. Collins and McHale make the Debussy absolutely dreamy, painting all the right colors and driving to the finish with intensity and dazzling technique. The II of Bernstein whispers with wistful intimacy in its slow sections, and the brief Pierné sways with a warm and friendly smile. McHale is solid all through, easily matching Collins in terms of technique and volume, and he skillfully follows his colleague in whatever direction he chooses to go.

Exclusive Chandos artist Michael Collins displays the extraordinary range of music for the clarinet. Debussy's Premiere Rhapsody stars in this diverse program including works by Rabaud, Widor, Pierne, Milhaud, Muczynski, Bernstein and Martinu. Volume 1 was BBC Music Magazine Editor's Choice and received IRR Outstanding from International Record Review.

MusicWeb International, 12th May 2014
[The Bernstein is] deliciously played by the Collins-McHale duo...This warmly recorded recital continues the good work established by Collins in the earlier volume.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (05/06/2013/05/07/2013).



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Works Details

>Debussy, Claude : Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Performers: Michael Collins (Clarinet); Michael McHale (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (05/06/2013/05/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909-1910

>Widor, Charles-Marie : Introduction & Rondo, for clarinet & piano, Op. 72
  • Performers: Michael Collins (Clarinet); Michael McHale (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (05/06/2013/05/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Bernstein, Leonard : Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
  • Performers: Michael McHale (Piano); Michael Collins (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (05/06/2013/05/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Milhaud, Darius : Duo Concertante for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 351
  • Performers: Michael McHale (Piano); Michael Collins (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (05/06/2013/05/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Gabriel Pierné (1863 - 1937) : Canzonetta, for clarinet & piano, Op. 19
  • Performers: Michael Collins (Clarinet); Michael McHale (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (05/06/2013/05/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1890

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano
  • Performers: Michael McHale (Piano); Michael Collins (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (05/06/2013/05/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 01/20/1956

>Muczynski, Robert : Time Pieces, for clarinet & piano, Op. 43
  • Performers: Michael McHale (Piano); Michael Collins (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (05/06/2013/05/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1982-1983

>Rabaud, Henri : Solo de concours, for clarinet & piano, Op. 10
  • Performers: Michael Collins (Clarinet); Michael McHale (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (05/06/2013/05/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1901