Schumann, Debussy, Poulenc, Weber, Lovreglio, Messager

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COMPOSERS: Debussy,Lovreglio,Messager,Poulenc,Schumann,Weber
LABELS: EMI Eminence
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: Virtuosi
WORKS: Fantasiestücke; Première rapsodie; Clarinet Sonata; Grand duo concertant; Concert Fantasy on Themes from Verdi’s ‘La traviata’; Solo de concours
PERFORMER: Michael Collins (clarinet) Kathryn Stott (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: CD EMX 2287 66290 2 1992
Michael Collins more than justifies the series title with his amazingly fluent renditions of the Lovreglio and Messager pieces. Other highlights inthis generous collection of important clarinet repertoire include an extremely spirited account of Weber’s Grand duo concertant and an especially fine performance of Poulenc’s lovely Sonata. The latter features some wonderfully controlled pianissimo playing and a beautifully expressive slow movement. With equally outstanding accompaniments from Kathryn Stott, this is a highly recommended recording. Tim Payne