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British Clarinet Sonatas, Vol. 2. Works by Benjamin, Cooke, Arnold, Horovitz, Gregson. Michael Collins, clarinet

Audio Samples

>Arnold, Malcolm : Sonatina for clarinet & piano, Op. 29
>Cooke, Arnold : Sonata for clarinet & piano in B flat major
>Gregson, Edward : Tributes, for clarinet & piano
>Benjamin, Arthur : Le Tombeau de Ravel for clarinet & piano, "Valse-Caprices"
>Horovitz, Joseph : Sonatina for clarinet & piano

Album Summary

>Arnold, Malcolm : Sonatina for clarinet & piano, Op. 29
>Cooke, Arnold : Sonata for clarinet & piano in B flat major
>Gregson, Edward : Tributes, for clarinet & piano
>Benjamin, Arthur : Le Tombeau de Ravel for clarinet & piano, "Valse-Caprices"
>Horovitz, Joseph : Sonatina for clarinet & piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This is Volume 2 in the series 'British Clarinet Sonatas', in which Michael Collins is joined by the pianist Michael McHale. On this disc the pair turns to works by Arthur Benjamin, Edward Gregson, Joseph Horovitz, Sir Malcolm Arnold, and Arnold Cook, exploring the rich world created for clarinet and piano by 20th century British composers.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2013
The strongest music on the programme turns out to be the first, where Collins's huge reserves of gorgeous-toned musicianship are rewarded in...Malcolm Arnold's sharp-focus, irreverently brilliant three-movement tour de force...As in Vol. 1 of the series, Collins's lustrous expertise is fully in evidence, as is Michael McHale's top-flight accompanying.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2013
This is a delightful disc, not just through the warmth and fun of the five works by five composers, but through the magic of the great clarinettist Michael Collins.

MusicWeb International, 27th June 2013
Collins and McHale have a special affinity for these attractive British chamber music scores. Collins' exquisite playing is crisp and evinces sure articulation, refined phrasing and agreeable intonation. McHale is sensitive and supportive. Both players radiate pleasurable music-making.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Collins achieves a very clear sound on a very responsive reed, and while he exploits all the advantages of his setup, he often dances on the edge of its limitations. The result is charming.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (07/27/2012-07/28/2012).



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Works Details

>Arnold, Malcolm : Sonatina for clarinet & piano, Op. 29
  • Performers: Michael Collins (Clarinet); Michael McHale (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (07/27/2012-07/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Cooke, Arnold : Sonata for clarinet & piano in B flat major
  • Performers: Michael Collins (Clarinet); Michael McHale (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (07/27/2012-07/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gregson, Edward : Tributes, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Michael Collins (Clarinet); Michael McHale (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (07/27/2012-07/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008-2010

>Benjamin, Arthur : Le Tombeau de Ravel for clarinet & piano, "Valse-Caprices"
  • Performers: Michael Collins (Clarinet); Michael McHale (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (07/27/2012-07/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Horovitz, Joseph : Sonatina for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Michael Collins (Clarinet); Michael McHale (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (07/27/2012-07/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1981