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Mozart & Birchall - Clarinet Concertos

Composer Richard Birchall
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer Michael Collins
Philharmonia Orchestra
Wigmore Soloists
Robin O'Neill, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2647 SACD
EAN 7318599926476
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Apr 2022
Total time 81'37

The two concertos performed here by Michael Collins and the Philharmonia Orchestra were both intended for a specific player – Mozart composed his for Anton Stadler and Richard Birchall for Michael Collins himself. Both works – as well as Mozart's Clarinet Quintet – were also written for a particular instrument: the basset clarinet, a slightly larger and deeper clarinet than the one in A which soon after Mozart had &&&written his concerto became the standard. At the very core of the clarinet repertoire, the two works by Mozart have until recently been played on the A clarinet, with necessary adjustments being made to the solo part. Nowadays, however, they are more and more often performed on the instrument they were intended for.
Richard Birchall, in his Concerto for Basset Clarinet, also makes the most of the basset clarinet's extended range, for instance in the third movement, Impossible Construction. That movement, and indeed the whole work, is inspired by the artwork of M. C. Escher and its combination of surreal elements and mathematical precision. With the two concertos, Michael Collins continues his long-standing collaboration with the Philharmonia Orchestra, which includes an acclaimed recording on BIS of works by Vaughan Williams and Finzi. For the Clarinet Quintet he has invited his colleagues from the Wigmore Soloists, the chamber ensemble that he leads together with Isabelle van Keulen.
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  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  Concerto in A major for Clarinet and Orchestra, K 622 28'23
01 I. Allegro 12'18
02 II. Adagio 7'37
03 III. Rondo 8'28
  Clarinet Quintet in A major, K 581 31'56
04 I. Allegro 9'17
05 II. Larghetto 6'33
06 III. Menuetto - Trio I - Trio II 6'52
07 IV. Allegretto con Variazioni 9'14
  Richard Birchall
  Concerto for Basset Clarinet and Orchestra 19'45
08 I. Metamorphosis 8'42
09 II. Still Life 6'17
10 III. Impossible Construction 4'46
  Album total 81'37
Basset clarinetCollins, Michael
OrchestraPhilharmonia Orchestra
DirectionCollins, Michael
ComposerBirchall, Richard
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
String quartetWigmore Soloists
ConductorO'Neill, Robin is a completely virtual record label and a secure online store open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Customers and visitors can download classical music in high quality FLAC or MP3 and find out more about classical music. Terms and Conditions