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British Clarinet Sonatas Vol.2 (Michael Collins, Michael McHale ) (Chandos: CHAN 10758)

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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Sir Malcolm Arnold, Arnold Cooke, Edward Gregson, Arthur Benjamin, Joseph Horovitz
  • Audio CD (25 Feb. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B00B5UBCV0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,141 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Joseph Horovitz Sonatina
  2. Edward Gregson Tributes
  3. Arthur Benjamin Le Tombeau de Ravel
  4. Sir Malcolm Arnold Sonatina, Op 29
  5. Arnold Cooke Sonata

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This is Volume 2 in the series 'British Clarinet Sonatas', in which Michael Collins is joined by the pianist Michael McHale. BBC Music awarded five stars to Volume 1, and wrote: 'Collin's clarinet-playing mesmerises the ear: the closing phrase of Stanford's 'Caoine' movement shows what a player in this league can convey in just two quiet notes. Without snatching the limelight, Michael McHale's accompanying finds a range of keyboard colours in, above all, the works by Ireland and Howells, making their individual sound-worlds seem unexpectedly subtle and rich.' On this disc the pair turns to works for clarinet and piano by Arthur Benjamin, Edward Gregson, Joseph Horovitz, Sir Malcolm Arnold, and Arnold Cook.

Arthur Benjamin was Australian-born, but lived out much of his life in England. In its melodies, harmonies, and rhythms, his Le Tombeau de Ravel reflects a deep and long-standing admiration for the music of the French composer the title itself pays tribute to Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin. But whereas Ravel's Tombeau consists of a prelude and several dances, Benjamin's is a sequence of 'Valse-caprices', which has more in common with a different work by Ravel, the Valses nobles et sentimentales for piano and for orchestra.

Edward Gregson completed his five Tributes in 2010, having started the first of the set some twenty years earlier. Each of the Tributes is written as homage to one of five noted twentieth-century composers who wrote memorably for the clarinet in solo or chamber works. In his own words, Gregson 'tried to invade the stylistic worlds' of these composers namely Poulenc, Finzi, Stravinsky, Messiaen, and Bartók in much the same way that Arthur Benjamin had channelled Ravel in Le Tombeau de Ravel.

Joseph Horovitz was born in Vienna, but immigrated to England as a boy, and has lived in London for more than seventy years. His output includes operas, ballets, choral works, chamber music, several pieces for brass band, and of course this Sonatina for clarinet and piano, written in 1981 and first performed by Gervase de Peyer and Gwenneth Pryor at the Wigmore Hall, London later that year.

Also on this disc are Sir Malcolm Arnold's Sonatina for clarinet and piano, written between 1948 and 1951 for the eminent British clarinettist Frederick Thurston, and Arnold Cooke's Sonata of 1959. Cooke was a student of Paul Hindemith's in Berlin, and this work is strongly inspired by Hindemith's trademark compositional use of traditional tonal construction, and clear, cool contrapuntal textures.

Review

All the music here is worth hearing, the Cooke and Gregson standing out for me. These matchless performances, with Michael McHale every bit Michael Collins's equal, are beutifully recorded and presented. Enjoy ! --IRR, Mar'13

Collins's lustrous expertise is fully in evidence Performance **** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine, Awards issue'13

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. --Gramophone, June'13

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Michael Collins is so brilliant on the clarinet and, as with all his other disc along this line, you listen again and again. The music on this disc (as the others) goes so well with his genial personality.
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I bought this for the Horovitz and Arnold sonatas, so a real treat to hear the Cooke and Gregson works which were new to me.
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