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"The Lyrical Clarinet, Vol. 2" - Works by Schumann, John Field, Chausson, Ravel, Massenet, Debussy and more / Michael Collins, clarinet; Michael McHale, piano

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Phantasiestücke (3 Fantasy Pieces) for clarinet (or cello or violin) & piano, Op. 73
>Field, John : Nocturne for Piano in B flat major
>Chausson, Ernest : Andante and Allegro for Clarinet and Piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Pièce en forme de Habañera
>Field, John : Nocturne no 8, for piano in E minor, H. 46
>Françaix, Jean [Composer] : Tema con variazioni, for clarinet & piano
>Massenet, Jules : Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thaïs")
>Debussy, Claude : Petite pièce, for clarinet & piano (or orchestra), L. 120
>Field, John : Nocturne no 2, for piano in C minor, H. 25
>Guastavino, Carlos : Sonata for clarinet & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

After a highly praised first volume, including such sonatas as Poulenc's and Saint-Saëns's, the virtuoso clarinettist Michael Collins - exclusive on Chandos - presents a new collection of pieces for the Lyrical Clarinet. This soulful tour-de-force comprises a varied repertoire from Schumann's romantic Fantasiestücke to shorter, cheerful pieces by Debussy and Ravel, yet always showcasing the incredibly wide dynamic range of the instrument. The album also features three Nocturnes by John Field, transcribed for clarinet by Michael McHale, one of the finest Irish pianists of his generation.

Sunday Times, 5th June 2016
Frantaix's Tema con variazioni stimulates Collins's virtuosity, seamless line and control of dynamics. It also demonstrates the splendid piano playing of McHale, whose transcription of two John Field Nocturnes further enhances the disc's attractions.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2016
Gentle charm unfurls from each movement... Collins's approach has changed little from his EMI recording. He's a touch more expansive but his tone is still warm and rounded... [and] Michael McHale is just as responsive.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (11/23/2015/11/24/2015).



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Phantasiestücke (3 Fantasy Pieces) for clarinet (or cello or violin) & piano, Op. 73
  • Performers: Michael Collins (Clarinet); Michael McHale (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (11/23/2015/11/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Field, John : Nocturne for Piano in B flat major
  • Performers: Michael Collins (Clarinet); Michael McHale (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (11/23/2015/11/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1817

>Chausson, Ernest : Andante and Allegro for Clarinet and Piano
  • Performers: Michael Collins (Clarinet); Michael McHale (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (11/23/2015/11/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Ravel, Maurice : Pièce en forme de Habañera
  • Performers: Michael Collins (Clarinet); Michael McHale (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (11/23/2015/11/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1907

>Field, John : Nocturne no 8, for piano in E minor, H. 46
  • Performers: Michael Collins (Clarinet); Michael McHale (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (11/23/2015/11/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1821

>Françaix, Jean [Composer] : Tema con variazioni, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Michael Collins (Clarinet); Michael McHale (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (11/23/2015/11/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974

>Massenet, Jules : Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thaïs")
  • Performers: Michael Collins (Clarinet); Michael McHale (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (11/23/2015/11/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Debussy, Claude : Petite pièce, for clarinet & piano (or orchestra), L. 120
  • Performers: Michael Collins (Clarinet); Michael McHale (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (11/23/2015/11/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Field, John : Nocturne no 2, for piano in C minor, H. 25
  • Performers: Michael Collins (Clarinet); Michael McHale (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (11/23/2015/11/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1812

>Guastavino, Carlos : Sonata for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Michael Collins (Clarinet); Michael McHale (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (11/23/2015/11/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971