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Clarinettist Michael Collins’ musical treats

Clarinettist Michael Collins guides us through a colourful array of music, revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Clarinettist Michael Collins reveals how he had to learn a 30-minute piece by John Adams in two days (from scratch), wonders what it would be like to play Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on the clarinet and is uplifted by Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time.

Michael also introduces a beautiful song from Japan which has become a key part of his repertoire.

At 2 o’clock Michael reveals his Must Listen piece by a composer who had a special affinity with the clarinet. Expect virtuosic fireworks.

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • John Adams

    Gnarly Buttons (Hoe-Down)

    Performer: Michael Collins. Orchestra: London Sinfonietta.
  • Franz Schubert

    Octet - Andante and variations

    Ensemble: Wiener Oktett.
    • DECCA.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Piano Concerto No.3 in C Op.26 - theme and variations

    Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • DECCA.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    French Suite BWV 817 - Allemande

    Performer: Trevor Pinnock.
    • LINN.
  • Yoko Kanno

    Hana wa saku

    Singer: Charlotte de Rothschild. Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia. Conductor: Michael Collins.
    • NIMBUS.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Symphony No.5 - Scherzo

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • HALLE.
  • Franz Liszt

    Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No.6 in D flat major

    Performer: Martha Argerich.
    • DG.
  • Bernhard Crusell

    Clarinet Concerto No.3 Op.11 last movement

    Performer: Michael Collins. Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Quartet for the end of time - VIII Louange a l'immortalite de Jesus

    Performer: Janine Jansen. Performer: Lucas Debargue.
    • SONY.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Four Seasons - Summer

    Performer: Alan Loveday. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • ARGO.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Clarinet Sonata

    Performer: Gervase de Peyer. Performer: Gwenneth Pryor.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Leos Janáček

    Rikadla (Nonsense Nursery Rhymes) - excerpt

    Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Choir: London Voices. Conductor: David Atherton.
    • DECCA.
  • Nicolò Paganini

    Violin Concerto No.1 - Adagio

    Performer: Francesca Dego. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Daniele Rustioni.
    • DG.


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