The Lyrical Clarinet, Vol. 3

The Lyrical Clarinet, Vol. 3

by Michael CollinsMichael Collins


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This is the third in a series of Lyrical Clarinet albums released by Michael Collins at a leisurely pace since the early 2010s. There are also Virtuoso Clarinet albums. All have been successful and testify to the renewed appeal of the short pieces that used to populate instrumental recitals and not just those for the clarinet. In this installment, only one work, the "Fantaisie" of Philippe Gaubert, was originally written for clarinet and piano, the rest are arrangements. Among these are some very familiar tunes, such as "Träumerei" from Schumann's "Kinderszenen, Op. 15," and the "Liebesleid" and "Schön Rosmarin" of Fritz Kreisler, pieces that listeners still want to hear despite a century of tight-lipped modernists trying to discourage them. There are tunes by Mendelssohn, Liszt, and Brahms, but the program is essentially French in inspiration. Collins is an arresting player, with a voice-like tone that he intermittently abandons for an edgier sound, just to make the rounded clarinet voice all the sweeter when it returns. He closes with his arrangement of Franck's "Violin Sonata." This might easily have gone on one of the Virtuoso Clarinet albums, and it's a commanding performance. It might also have been put in the middle of the program rather than at the end, to break up the sequence of pieces of essentially similar mood, but this is a minor complaint about an album that will be essential for clarinet lovers and attractive for those who enjoy a tuneful instrumental recital of any kind.

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Release Date: 02/07/2020
Label: Chandos
UPC: 0095115214725
catalogNumber: 20147
Rank: 62407


  1. Sonata for violin & piano in A major, FWV 8
  2. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements
  3. Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/1
  4. La fille aux cheveux de lin, prelude for piano, L. 125/8 (117/8)
  5. Liebesträum, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3)
  6. Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
  7. Song without Words for piano No. 14 in C minor, Op. 38/2
  8. Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1
  9. Schön Rosmarin, for violin & piano
  10. Sicilienne, for cello & piano, Op. 78
  11. Sicilienne for keyboard in E flat major
  12. Fantaisie for clarinet & piano
  13. Liebesleid (Love's Sorrow), for violin & piano
  14. Clair de lune, for orchestra or other arrangement (from "Suite Bergamasque" for piano), L. 82/3 (75/3)

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