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Michael Collins - Mozart, Messiaen

Recital from the Wigmore Hall, London by clarinettist Michael Collins and soloists. Mozart: Clarinet Trio No 2; Clarinet Quintet in A, K581. Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Michael Collins draws together a coterie of top-flight soloists, combining Mozart's genial 'Kegelstatt' Trio with the masterful Clarinet Quintet. Messiaen, who believed that Mozart smiled through his hardships, triumphed over his own adversity in 1941 by composing the haunting Quartet for the End of Time while held as a prisoner of war in Silesia.

Mozart: Clarinet Trio No. 2 in E flat K. 498 'Kegelstatt'
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A K. 581
Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time
Michael Collins (clarinet), Leila Josefowicz (violin), Laura Samuel (violin),
Maxim Rysanov (viola), Paul Watkins (cello), Steven Osborne (piano)

Followed by a BBC Archive recording of a great pianist from early in his career.

Beethoven: Sonata in A flat (Op.110)
Maurizio Pollini (piano)
(recorded in 1972).

2 hours, 15 minutes