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Michael Collins plays and conducts Vaughan Williams and Finzi

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2367 SACD
Release date2020-07-03
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time68:30

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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$ 16.42
Extra material for download
  Composer: Vaughan Williams, Ralph
  Symphony No. 5 in D major 39:07
01 I. Preludio. Moderato 12:06 $ 2.94 USD
02 II. Scherzo. Presto misterioso 04:58 $ 1.22 USD
03 III. Romanza. Lento 11:38 $ 2.81 USD
04 IV. Passacaglia. Moderato 10:25 $ 2.58 USD
  Composer: Finzi, Gerald
  Concerto for Clarinet and Strings, Op. 31 28:04
05 I. Allegro vigoroso 07:56 $ 1.92 USD
06 II. Adagio, ma senza rigore 11:53 $ 2.86 USD
07 III. Rondo. Allegro giocoso 08:15 $ 2.10 USD
  Album total 68:30
ComposerFinzi, Gerald
Vaughan Williams, Ralph
ConductorCollins, Michael
OrchestraPhilharmonia Orchestra
ClarinetCollins, Michael

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