Vaughan Williams - Symphony no.5; Finzi - Clarinet Concerto | BIS BIS2367

Vaughan Williams - Symphony no.5; Finzi - Clarinet Concerto

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Label: BIS

Cat No: BIS2367

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 31st July 2020

Contents

Artists

Michael Collins (clarinet)
Philharmonia Orchestra

Conductor

Michael Collins

Works

Finzi, Gerald

Clarinet Concerto, op.31

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

Symphony no.5 in D major

Artists

Michael Collins (clarinet)
Philharmonia Orchestra

Conductor

Michael Collins

About

The distinguished clarinettist Michael Collins has in recent years also gained recognition as a conductor, appearing with eminent orchestras across the world. The present disc sees his recording debut as a conductor of symphonic repertoire, from which he has chosen Vaughan Williams’s Fifth Symphony – one of the composer’s best-loved works. Written during the Second World War and with its symphonic predecessor displaying a convulsive fury and desolation, the Fifth is surprisingly serene and pastoral. Vaughan Williams dedicated it ‘without permission’ to Jean Sibelius – who in his diary described his impression on first hearing the work as ‘a caress from a summer world’.

On the present disc, Vaughan Williams is followed by his younger colleague and friend Gerald Finzi, who he once advised to write a symphony: ‘They're ever so easy’. Finzi was not convinced, and remains known as a composer of primarily vocal music, but among his few instrumental works is a Concerto for Clarinet, the instrument widely regarded as the most voice-like of all. For this, Michael Collins reverts to his customary role as soloist, conducting the strings of the Philharmonia Orchestra from the clarinet.

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