Virtuoso Clarinet

The Virtuoso Clarinet

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by Michael Collins
     
 

The Virtuoso Clarinet, promises the title of this album, and few could argue that it does not deliver: the blazing runs of the Italian pieces here stretch the instrument to its limits, and clarinetist Michael Collins doesn't miss a step. Look no farther than the variations in Alamiro Giampieri's "Il carnevale di Venezia," a…  See more details below

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The Virtuoso Clarinet, promises the title of this album, and few could argue that it does not deliver: the blazing runs of the Italian pieces here stretch the instrument to its limits, and clarinetist Michael Collins doesn't miss a step. Look no farther than the variations in Alamiro Giampieri's "Il carnevale di Venezia," a thoroughly retrospective work that was composed in 1948 but looks back to the traveling virtuoso days of the 19th century. The other Italian work, Donato Lovreglio's "Fantasia da concerto su motivi de La traviata de G. Verdi, Op. 45," represents a different strain of 19th century music, the popular operatic transcription. Both of those are unusual works, and perhaps an even greater feat than Collins' sheer technical mastery is the digging he undertook to put together an entertaining program that showcases not only virtuosity, but virtuosity of various kinds. Some of these pieces are known to wind students, but they've rarely been heard together as they are here, and a work like André Messager's "Solo de concours" (Competition Solo) gains from being surrounded by works that exploit the clarinet in a different way. Most of the music is originally for clarinet (the arrangement of Milhaud's "Scaramouche, Op. 165b," for clarinet and piano is the composer's own), and the two transcriptions, of Gershwin's "Three Preludes" and Rachmaninov's "Vocalise," each add something to the clarinet vocabulary on display. With suitably circumspect accompaniment from Piers Lane, superb engineering from Chandos, and informative booklet notes (in English, German, and French), this is a recital of instrumental fireworks that anyone might enjoy.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2010
Label:
Chandos
UPC:
0095115161524
catalogNumber:
10615
Rank:
172696

Tracks

  1. Grand Duo Concertante for clarinet & piano in E flat major, J. 204 (Op. 48)  - Carl Maria von Weber  - Piers Lane  - Ferdinand Schimon  - Michael Collins  - Gill Robinson
  2. Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14  - Sergey Rachmaninov  -  David Campbell  - Piers Lane  - Ferdinand Schimon  - Michael Collins  - Gill Robinson
  3. Preludes (3) for piano  - George Gershwin  - James Cohn  - Piers Lane  - Ferdinand Schimon  - Michael Collins  - Gill Robinson
  4. Fantasy on Themes from Verdi's "La Traviata" for clarinet & piano, Op. 45  - Donato Lovreglio  - Piers Lane  - Ferdinand Schimon  - Michael Collins  - Gill Robinson
  5. Scaramouche (3), suite for clarinet & orchestra (or piano), Op. 165d  - Darius Milhaud  - Darius Milhaud  - Piers Lane  - Ferdinand Schimon  - Michael Collins  - Gill Robinson
  6. Solo de concours for clarinet & piano  - André Messager  - Piers Lane  - Ferdinand Schimon  - Michael Collins  - Gill Robinson
  7. Carnival of Venice, capriccio variations for clarinet & orchestra in B flat  - Alamiro Giampieri  - Piers Lane  - Ferdinand Schimon  - Michael Collins  - Gill Robinson

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