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Michael Collins

Expore the virtuoisty and musicianship of one of the world's leading clarinettists.       

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“.. Dutilleux disdained his early pieces, but this superbly played and recorded album makes a great case for them. Le Loup has vigorous  fanfares, dreamy waltzes, and a sardonic wit that sounds a bit like Prokofieff, though it is thoroughly French. The Sonatine, with Adam Walker’s elegant flute, sounds misty and marvellous in this transcription, as does the Sonata with Juliana Koch’s lithe and poetic oboe. Jonathan Davies’s prancing bassoon steals the show in the coolly elegant ‘Sarabande et Cortege… Pristine performances and excellent sound.”
“.. Dutilleux disdained his early pieces, but this superbly played and recorded album makes a great case for them. Le Loup has vigorous  fanfares, dreamy waltzes, and a sardonic wit that sounds a bit like Prokofieff, though it is thoroughly French. The Sonatine, with Adam Walker’s elegant flute, sounds misty and marvellous in this transcription, as does the Sonata with Juliana Koch’s lithe and poetic oboe. Jonathan Davies’s prancing bassoon steals the show in the coolly elegant ‘Sarabande et Cortege… Pristine performances and excellent sound.”
Jack Sullivan – American Record Guide – January/February 2022
"... Performances and conducting alike are stylish and sympathetic."
"... Performances and conducting alike are stylish and sympathetic."
Don O’Connor – American Record Guide – January/February 2022
“… The Academia Montis Regalis orchestra adds greatly to the flow of the performance with some unusually good woodwind playing. Mariangola Martello’s harpsichord accompaniment is a model of its kind. All of the singers are fluent in Italian (essential for this genre) and justify using the complete recitatives. The performance lasts well over three hours, but I was enjoying it so much I hardly noticed the time. The sound is excellent: clear and warm without sounding artificially balanced…”
“… The Academia Montis Regalis orchestra adds greatly to the flow of the performance with some unusually good woodwind playing. Mariangola Martello’s harpsichord accompaniment is a model of its kind. All of the singers are fluent in Italian (essential for this genre) and justify using the complete recitatives. The performance lasts well over three hours, but I was enjoying it so much I hardly noticed the time. The sound is excellent: clear and warm without sounding artificially balanced…”
David Reynolds – American Record Guide – January/February 2022
“… For the Bruch completist this will be a must. German pianist Christof Keymer plays with musical and technical skill, and a pleasant way of passing an hour or so is assured. Good sound and the pianist’s own notes wrap up an attractive, if not illuminating package.”
“… For the Bruch completist this will be a must. German pianist Christof Keymer plays with musical and technical skill, and a pleasant way of passing an hour or so is assured. Good sound and the pianist’s own notes wrap up an attractive, if not illuminating package.”
Alan Becker – American Record Guide – January/February 2022
 
“… Kaczka’s virtuosic and multicolored sound and Akopova’s sympathetically nuanced piano playing make for an appealing musical experience.”  ****
 
“… Kaczka’s virtuosic and multicolored sound and Akopova’s sympathetically nuanced piano playing make for an appealing musical experience.”  ****
Remy Franck – Pizzicato.lu – 23 January 2022
“… an endearing, entertaining program of British and American music … at times delicately dreamy or melancholy, at other times dance-like exhilaration. The technically impeccable interpretations are inspired and speak directly to the listener.” ****
“… an endearing, entertaining program of British and American music … at times delicately dreamy or melancholy, at other times dance-like exhilaration. The technically impeccable interpretations are inspired and speak directly to the listener.” ****
Remy Franck – Pizzicato.lu – 16 January 2022
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Artistic Quality 10     Sound Quality 10     Overall Impression 10
“… Pratté jealously guarded his music, designed to showcase his extraordinary virtuosity, and did not publish a single work during his lifetime. Thus, Delphine Constantin-Reznik's editorial achievement can be attested to be a considerable intuition, with which she significantly enriched the virtuoso harp literature of the 19th century. It is due to her remarkable skills as a soloist and her artistic sensitivity that the compositional quality of the pieces, which may not be of the highest rank, is hardly noticeable and the audience never feels like they are in a musical circus event.”
Recommended
Artistic Quality 10     Sound Quality 10     Overall Impression 10
“… Pratté jealously guarded his music, designed to showcase his extraordinary virtuosity, and did not publish a single work during his lifetime. Thus, Delphine Constantin-Reznik's editorial achievement can be attested to be a considerable intuition, with which she significantly enriched the virtuoso harp literature of the 19th century. It is due to her remarkable skills as a soloist and her artistic sensitivity that the compositional quality of the pieces, which may not be of the highest rank, is hardly noticeable and the audience never feels like they are in a musical circus event.”
Detmar Huchting – klassikheute.de – 21 January 2022
“No two recordings of Monteverdi’s first opera — 1607 — sound alike, and this new version owes as much to García and his performers improvisatory skills as to Monteverdi’s notes as they have come down to us… the solo ensemble, headed by Contaldo’s Orfeo, comprises state-of-the-art Monteverdians… his intensity in his confrontation with Salvo Vitale’s Stygian-voiced Charon brings the scene vividly to dramatic life. Ana Quintans and Giuseppina Bridelli are compelling singers of Hope/Proserpina and the anguished Messenger.”
“No two recordings of Monteverdi’s first opera — 1607 — sound alike, and this new version owes as much to García and his performers improvisatory skills as to Monteverdi’s notes as they have come down to us… the solo ensemble, headed by Contaldo’s Orfeo, comprises state-of-the-art Monteverdians… his intensity in his confrontation with Salvo Vitale’s Stygian-voiced Charon brings the scene vividly to dramatic life. Ana Quintans and Giuseppina Bridelli are compelling singers of Hope/Proserpina and the anguished Messenger.”
Hugh Canning - Sunday Times (Culture magazine) – 23 January 2022
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