Michael Collins: The Lyrical Clarinet Vol.2 | Chandos CHAN10901

Michael Collins: The Lyrical Clarinet Vol.2


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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHAN10901

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 27th May 2016



Michael Collins (clarinet)
Michael McHale (piano)


Chausson, Ernest

Andante et Allegro

Debussy, Claude

Petite Piece for clarinet and piano

Field, John

Nocturnes (18)
» no.2 in C minor, H25 (arr. for clarinet and piano)
» no.5 in B flat major, H37 (arr. for clarinet and piano)
» no.8 in A major, H46 (arr. for clarinet and piano)

Francaix, Jean

Tema con Variazioni, for clarinet and piano

Guastavino, Carlos

Clarinet Sonata

Massenet, Jules

Thais: Meditation

Ravel, Maurice

Piece en forme de Habanera (arr. for clarinet and piano)

Schumann, Robert

Fantasiestucke (3), op.73


Michael Collins (clarinet)
Michael McHale (piano)


After a highly praised first volume, including such sonatas as Poulencís and Saint-SaŽnsís, the virtuoso clarinettist Michael Collins Ė exclusive on Chandos Ė presents a new collection of pieces for the Lyrical Clarinet.

This soulful tour-de-force comprises a varied repertoire from Schumannís romantic FantasiestŁcke 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. Very tuneful, these pieces suit the clarinet, perhaps the closest wind instrument to the human voice, remarkably well.

Michael Collins and Michael McHale have developed a strong association, on stage and on record, which adds warmth and passionate engagement to this recording.

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