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Clarinet Celebrations! LMP and Michael Collins

Part of the London Mozart Players 2021/22 Season

Add to my Calendar 04-03-2022 19:30 04-03-2022 21:30 36 Clarinet Celebrations! LMP and Michael Collins It’s Mozart’s birthday and clarinet virtuoso Michael Collins’ 60th birthday – the perfect excuse for a musical celebration! Michael Collins directs the London Mozart Players and takes the solo spot for two of the best-loved works in the repertoire – both inspired by friendships with great clarinettists. Mozart composed his still unsurpassed concerto with its sublime slow movement for Anton Stadler, who performed on a basset horn (the instrument Michael will also play for this work), while Weber was inspired by clarinettist and life-long friend Heinrich Baermann. These concertos display an engaging mix of beauty, daring and virtuosity, with Weber in particular demanding leaps and runs of the soloist. In a concert marking a milestone year, Michael Collins brings all his dazzling artistry to these evergreen masterpieces. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge is Britten’s tribute to his revered teacher, Frank Bridge. The ten variations present a musical portrait, suggesting ‘his integrity… energy…charm…wit…gaiety’ as Britten wrote on his sketches. A tour de force for LMP’s strings, the writing is daring and inventive, frequently parodying musical forms – opera, baroque, waltzes, marches and chants – but always on a virtuosic level. The celebratory fireworks for the occasion are provided by Jessie Montgomery’s vibrantly inventive Starburst which fizzes and explodes with excitement and colour. The perfect soundtrack for any birthday party! Queen Elizabeth Hall, London DD/MM/YYYY

Details

Queen Elizabeth Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Rd

London
SE1 8XX
England


Programme

Benjamin BrittenVariations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10
Carl Maria von WeberClarinet Concerto no.2 in E flat major, Op.74
Jessica MontgomeryStarburst
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartClarinet Concerto in A major, K.622

Performers

Michael Collins – clarinet

London Mozart Players

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Programme Note

It’s Mozart’s birthday and clarinet virtuoso Michael Collins’ 60th birthday – the perfect excuse for a musical celebration!

Michael Collins directs the London Mozart Players and takes the solo spot for two of the best-loved works in the repertoire – both inspired by friendships with great clarinettists. Mozart composed his still unsurpassed concerto with its sublime slow movement for Anton Stadler, who performed on a basset horn (the instrument Michael will also play for this work), while Weber was inspired by clarinettist and life-long friend Heinrich Baermann. These concertos display an engaging mix of beauty, daring and virtuosity, with Weber in particular demanding leaps and runs of the soloist. In a concert marking a milestone year, Michael Collins brings all his dazzling artistry to these evergreen masterpieces.

Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge is Britten’s tribute to his revered teacher, Frank Bridge. The ten variations present a musical portrait, suggesting ‘his integrity… energy…charm…wit…gaiety’ as Britten wrote on his sketches. A tour de force for LMP’s strings, the writing is daring and inventive, frequently parodying musical forms – opera, baroque, waltzes, marches and chants – but always on a virtuosic level.

The celebratory fireworks for the occasion are provided by Jessie Montgomery’s vibrantly inventive Starburst which fizzes and explodes with excitement and colour. The perfect soundtrack for any birthday party!

Michael Collins

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