Bernhard Henrik Crusell (1775 – 1838)
Concerto in E flat major, Op. 1 (c. 1807-08)
Grand Concerto in F minor, Op. 5 (c. 1815)
Concerto in B flat major, Op. 11 (c. 1807 – c. 1829)
Introduction et air suédois, Op. 12 (1804)
Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Michael Collins
Chandos SACD CHSA5187 @ £11 plus P&P
Gramophone CD of the Month, June 2018 “Collins’s faultless clarity and articulation, especially at some of the speeds he adopts, are things to marvel at. Another gold- standard Chandos recording to add to his earlier Weber, Stanford and Finzi concerto benchmarks for the label.”
BBC Music Magazine “Michael Collins thrills and charms in these characterful concertos, which deserve to be as well-known as those by Mozart and Weber.”
About the CD …
Michael Collins OBE embraces the double role of conductor and soloist in this thrilling revelation of clarinet treasures by the Finnish composer Bernhard Henrik Crusell, masterly supported by the fresh and spontaneous Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
A clarinettist and composer, Crusell wrote works that were altogether more ambitious than any by his contemporaries. He achieved fame for his melodic inflection, his highly nuanced technique, and his beautiful sound, for which the three concertos, featured here, interpreted by one of today’s most internationally respected clarinettists, are an ideal vehicle.
The level of virtuosity indeed makes severe technical demands on the soloist, as in the Introduction et air suédois, featured in the revised version published in 1829.
But in the roundness of tone and evenness in quality throughout the range of the instrument produced by Collins lies the lasting attraction of a compelling musical discourse that has ensured Crusell’s recent widespread revival way beyond the world of the clarinet and its devotees.
Chandos SACD CHSA5187