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Various: Lyrical Clarinet



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Michael Collins, the virtuoso clarinettist and exclusive Chandos artist, returns for a second volume in Chandos' series showcasing the extraordinarily wide range of music written for his instrument. The first volume, The Virtuoso Clarinet (CHAN 10615), was described by International Record Review as: '...an absolute charmer, most beautifully played... difficult to imagine a finer performance than that given here.' Accompanied by Michael McHale on the piano, Collins here explores the lyrical qualities of the clarinet in a programme comprising a widely varied repertoire. One of the prime qualities of the instrument is its likeness in tone and range to the human voice, which has inspired composers to write aria- and lyric song-like pieces for it. Baermann's Adagio in D flat perfectly illustrates the clarinet's capacity for sustained lyric melody, taking on the character of an operatic aria, the clarinet's soulful line interspersed with sudden bursts of bravura. Though once ascribed to Richard Wagner, the piece is now acknowledged as being by Baermann, widely recognised as one of the greatest clarinettists of his time. Among the other key works on this release is Saint-Sa
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Item number CHAN 10637
Barcode 095115163726
Release date 31/01/2011
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Label Chandos Records
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Performers
Artists Collins, Michael
McHale, Michael
Composers Pärt, Arvo
Saint-Saens, Camille
Finzi, Gerald
Baermann, Carl
Poulenc, Jean Marcel
Burgmüller, Johann Friedrich Franz
Reade, Paul
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