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Clarinet Concertos by Benjamin Britten, Arnold Cooke, Gerald Finzi & William Mathias / Michael Collins, clarinet; BBC SO

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Movements for a Clarinet Concerto, for clarinet & strings (realization of sketches by C. Matthews)
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Bagatelles (5) for clarinet & piano, Op. 23
>Cooke, Arnold : Concerto for Clarinet no 1
>Mathias, William : Concerto for clarinet & orchestra, Op 68
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This second volume of British Clarinet Concertos follows 'a stunning recording' made a Critic's Choice of the Year in Gramophone (2013). Here again, the exclusive Chandos artist Michael Collins combines the role of soloist with that of conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2016
An inventively packed programme - all 83 minutes of it - enthusiastically recommended.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2016
Michael Collins's skills have been a welcome presence on the classical scene for decades now. His way of conjuring moments of mesmerising stillness, among all the virtuosos fireworks, is enough in itself to lift the appeal of this release way beyond the collector's completism... and then there's the BBC Symphony Orchestra's response - ultra-vivid from start to finish.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Blackheath Halls (01/05/2012/01/06/2012); Maida Vale Studio No. 1, London, England (01/05/2012/01/06/2012); Blackheath Halls (07/09/2015/07/10/2015); Maida Vale Studio No. 1, London, England (07/09/2015/07/10/2015).



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>Britten, Benjamin : Movements for a Clarinet Concerto, for clarinet & strings (realization of sketches by C. Matthews)
  • Performer: Michael Collins (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Michael Collins
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1942

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Bagatelles (5) for clarinet & piano, Op. 23
  • Performer: Michael Collins (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Michael Collins
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 14 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1941-1943

>Cooke, Arnold : Concerto for Clarinet no 1
  • Performer: Michael Collins (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Michael Collins
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 12 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1955-1956

>Mathias, William : Concerto for clarinet & orchestra, Op 68
  • Performer: Michael Collins (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Michael Collins
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1975