℗ 2016 Chandos
 

British Clarinet Concertos, Vol. 2: Britten - Mathias - Finzi - Cooke

Michael Collins, BBC Symphony Orchestra

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Movements for a Clarinet Concerto (arr. by C. Matthews)  
1.1
I. Molto allegro – Tranquillo – Tempo I – Tranquillo – Tempo I – Tranquillo
Colin Matthews; Benjamin Britten; Michael Collins; BBC Symphony Orchestra
5:47
1.2
II. Mazurka elegiaca (derived from Op. 23 No. 2 for two pianos). Poco lento – Animato appassionato – Tempo I – Solenne – Tempo I (poco più lento)
Colin Matthews; Benjamin Britten; Michael Collins; BBC Symphony Orchestra
8:12
1.3
III. Finale. Allegro – Più mosso – Poco più sostenuto – Tempo I – Molto vivo
Colin Matthews; Benjamin Britten; Michael Collins; BBC Symphony Orchestra
5:15
Five Bagatelles, Op. 23a (arr. by L. Ashmore for Clarinet & Orchestra)  
1.4
I. Prelude. Allegro deciso – Poco meno mosso – Tempo I
Lawrence Ashmore; Gerald Finzi; Michael Collins; BBC Symphony Orchestra
3:30
1.5
II. Romance. Andante tranquillo – Poco più mosso – Tempo I
Lawrence Ashmore; Gerald Finzi; Michael Collins; BBC Symphony Orchestra
4:57
1.6
III. Carol. Andantino semplice
Lawrence Ashmore; Gerald Finzi; Michael Collins; BBC Symphony Orchestra
2:00
1.7
IV. Forlana. Allegretto grazioso
Lawrence Ashmore; Gerald Finzi; Michael Collins; BBC Symphony Orchestra
2:51
1.8
V. Fughetta. Allegro vivace
Lawrence Ashmore; Gerald Finzi; Michael Collins; BBC Symphony Orchestra
2:02
Concerto No. 1, for Clarinet and Orchestra  
1.9
I. Allegro – Cadenza – A Tempo
Arnold Cooke; Michael Collins; BBC Symphony Orchestra
11:58
1.10
II. Lento – Poco più mosso – Tempo I
Arnold Cooke; Michael Collins; BBC Symphony Orchestra
10:37
1.11
III. Allegro vivace – Poco meno mosso – Tempo I
Arnold Cooke; Michael Collins; BBC Symphony Orchestra
5:26
Clarinet Concerto, Op. 68  
1.12
I. Allegro vivo – Poco meno mosso – Tempo I (Allegro vivo) – Meno mosso – Ancor meno mosso – Calando al fine
William Mathias; Michael Collins; BBC Symphony Orchestra
7:20
1.13
II. Lento espressivo – Poco meno mosso – Quasi cadenza –
William Mathias; Michael Collins; BBC Symphony Orchestra
7:38
1.14
III. Allegro molto vivace
William Mathias; Michael Collins; BBC Symphony Orchestra
4:38
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    1:22:11
"Michael Collins plays (and conducts) with an irresistible exuberance that I’ve not heard equalled." - Gramophone "Four Stars ... supple skill and fluency from Michael Collins ... wonderfully supple and fluent performance ..." - The Guardian This second volume in a highly praised series devoted to British clarinet concertos from Michael Collins includes works by Benjamin Britten, William Mathias, Arnold Cooke and Gerald Finzi. Collins brilliantly walks the line between soloist and conductor as he serves as both on this recording, leading the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
48 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recording venues: Blackheath Halls: 5 and 6 January 2012 (Finzi); Maida Vale Studio No. 1, London: 9 and 10 July 2015 (other works) Recording producer: Brian Pidgeon Sound engineers: Ralph Couzens (Finzi) and Philip Burwell (other works) Assistant engineers: Jonathan Cooper (Finzi) and Robert Winter (other works) Editors: Jonathan Cooper (Finzi) and Rosanna Fish (other works) A & R administrator: Sue Shortridge Front cover: Photograph of Michael Collins © Benjamin Ealovega Photography Design and typesetting: Cap & Anchor Design Co. Booklet editor: Finn S. Gundersen Publishers: Faber Music Ltd (Britten), Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd (Finzi), Novello & Co., Ltd (Cooke), Oxford University Press (Mathias)

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