Live from Cadogan Hall, London, clarinettist Michael Collins directs his ensemble London Winds. Mozart: Serenade in C minor, K388. Strauss: Suite in B flat for 13 wind instruments.
Live from Cadogan Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny
Clarinettist Michael Collins and his ensemble London Winds pair Strauss's youthful work with Mozart's Serenade in C minor.
Mozart: Serenade in C minor, K388
R Strauss: Suite in B flat major for 13 wind instruments
Michael Collins (clarinet / director)
Richard Strauss was just 20 when he composed his Suite - and steeped in the conservative musical traditions of his horn-player father, who revered Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven above all. It's a legacy present here in the young Strauss's music, but developed and transformed into something altogether more rich and strange.
Clarinettist Michael Collins and his ensemble London Winds set Strauss and his favourite composer, Mozart, side by side, presenting their very different takes on the 18th-century 'Harmonie' ensemble of wind instruments, and revealing the early seeds of Strauss's signature lyricism that would eventually flower in Der Rosenkavalier.