The Lyrical Clarinet Vol.3 | Chandos CHAN20147

The Lyrical Clarinet Vol.3


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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHAN20147

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 31st January 2020



Michael Collins MBE is one of the most complete musicians of his generation. Continuing his distinguished career as a soloist, he has in recent years also become highly regarded as a conductor and in 2010 took up the position as Principal Conductor of City of London Sinfonia; he works with leading orchestras around the world both as a soloist and as a conductor.

Committed for many years to expanding the repertoire of the clarinet, he has premiered works by some of todayís most highly regarded composers, including John Adams, Elliott Carter, Brett Dean, and Mark-Anthony Turnage. In addition to commissioning and supporting new compositions, he is also a champion of well-crafted arrangements for the clarinet of works originally for other instruments. It is this area of his work that is so vividly demonstrated in the Chandos series The Lyrical Clarinet, of which this is the third volume. Most of the arrangements on this album were made by the pianist Michael McHale, who accompanies Michael Collins on the recording.


A new CD from Michael Collins is like walking into a three-star Michelin restaurant: you donít know exactly whatís on the menu but you know whatever is on offer is going to taste wonderful. On this occasion, he offers an extended first course of amuse bouches followed by a substantial main course in the form of the Franck Sonata. ... one has to salute the extraordinary facility and irresistibly seductive, lyrical grace of Michael Collinsís playing, surely one of his instrumentís greatest living exponents.  Jeremy Nicholas
BBC Music Magazine February 2020
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