Michael Collins; Michael McHale ****
Wigmore Hall, 26th September 2015
Watery September sunshine and an autumnal air hung over Wigmore Hall, appropriate conditions for a recital of late clarinet sonatas. Though very different in mood, three of the sonatas given by Michael Collins – Brahms, Saint-Saëns and Poulenc – were composed shortly before their composers’ deaths. Collins has long reigned as the doyen of British clarinettists, following his teacher, Dame Thea King. He has a firm sound and a more incisive attack than King’s glowing tone. Joined by his regular accompanist Michael McHale, Collins impressed in a beautifully balanced programme.
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