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Michael Collins plays and conducts Vaughan Williams and Finzi

Composer Gerald Finzi
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer Michael Collins
Philharmonia Orchestra
Michael Collins, conductor
Period Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-2367 SACD
EAN 7318599923673
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Jul 2020
Total time 68'30


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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  Ralph Vaughan Williams
  Symphony No. 5 in D major 39'45
01 I. Preludio. Moderato 12'14
02 II. Scherzo. Presto misterioso 5'04
03 III. Romanza. Lento 11'43
04 IV. Passacaglia. Moderato 10'44
 
 
  Gerald Finzi
  Concerto for Clarinet and Strings, Op. 31 28'41
05 I. Allegro vigoroso 8'00
06 II. Adagio, ma senza rigore 11'55
07 III. Rondo. Allegro giocoso 8'46
 
  Album total 68'30
ComposerFinzi, Gerald
Vaughan Williams, Ralph
ConductorCollins, Michael
OrchestraPhilharmonia Orchestra
ClarinetCollins, Michael

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