Michael Collins

Biography

Born: January 27, 1962; Isleworth, England  
Michael Collins is among the most prominent British clarinetists of his generation. He has appeared in concert as principal clarinetist with the Philharmonia Orchestra and London Sinfonietta, as a member of the Nash Ensemble, and as a freelance soloist and chamber player. He has made more than 30 recordings for the Hyperion label since 1984, mostly in chamber music fare. He has also recorded for DG, Chandos, and EMI. His repertory is broad, Read more taking in much British music, however, including works by Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Walton, Arnold, Bax, and Bliss. He has also performed and recorded large chunks from the output of disparate European composers like Mozart, Brahms, Spohr, Poulenc, Bartók, Richard Strauss, and Suk. In addition, Collins has premiered important works by contemporary composers, including Richard Rodney Bennett and John Adams.

Collins was born in Isleworth (west London), England. He enrolled at the Royal College of Music in London in his early teens. His chief teachers there were David Hamilton and Thea King. By age 16 he attained virtuoso status, winning the woodwind prize at the 1978 BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition.

The year 1981 was a watershed one for the young Collins: he joined both the London Sinfonietta and Nash Ensemble. He debuted at Carnegie Hall in 1982, and the following year made his first recording as a member of the Nash Ensemble -- A Centenary Tribute (chamber music of Lennox Berkeley). In 1984 he recorded three volumes of chamber music by Arnold with the Nash Ensemble and also debuted at the Promenade Concerts as soloist in an acclaimed performance of Musgrave's Clarinet Concerto.

In 1985 Collins began teaching at the Royal College of Music and two years later accepted the post of principal clarinetist for the Philharmonia Orchestra. Collins founded the chamber ensemble London Winds in 1988, a group he has toured with throughout Europe, the U.S., and Canada.

Collins left his posts at the Philhamonia and RCM in 1995 to concentrate on freelance work. In the latter twentieth and early twenty first centuries, he has been appearing as soloist and as chamber music partner to many of the leading musicians of the day, including Martha Argerich, Mikhail Pletnev, Joshua Bell, and Yuri Bashmet.

Among Collins' most recent recordings are his 2003 Chandos CD of Edward Gregson's Clarinet Concerto and the 2005 release on Hyperion of Spohr's Clarinet Concertos No. 1 and No. 2. Read less

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Biography

Born: January 27, 1962; Isleworth, England  
Michael Collins is among the most prominent British clarinetists of his generation. He has appeared in concert as principal clarinetist with the Philharmonia Orchestra and London Sinfonietta, as a member of the Nash Ensemble, and as a freelance soloist and chamber player. He has made more than 30 recordings for the Hyperion label since 1984, mostly in chamber music fare. He has also recorded for DG, Chandos, and EMI. His repertory is broad, Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro appassionato
II. Andante un poco adagio
III. Allegretto grazioso
IV. Vivace
I. Allegro amabile
II. Allegro appassionato
III. Andante con moto - Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Intermezzo: Allegretto vivace
III. Andante tranquillo
IV. Finale: Allegro molto agitato ed appassionato
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Andantino grazioso
IV. Allegro
I. Verbunkos (Recruiting Dance): Moderato, ben ritmato
II. Piheno (Relaxation): Lento
III. Sebes (Fast Dance): Allegro vivace
I. Allegro
II. Adagio - Piu lento
III. Andantino - Presto non assai, ma con sentimento
IV. Con moto
I. Grazioso
II. Andantino - Vivace e leggiero
I. Moderato
II. Andante
III. Poco allegro
I. Allegro risoluto
II. Andante espressivo
III. Allegro moderato
IV. Introduction: Andante molto - Allegro energico
Carter: Clarinet Concerto - Scherzando
Carter: Clarinet Concerto - Deciso
Carter: Clarinet Concerto - Tranquillo
Carter: Clarinet Concerto - Presto
Carter: Clarinet Concerto - Largo
Carter: Clarinet Concerto - Giocoso
Carter: Clarinet Concerto - Agitato
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andantino
III. Furioso
I. Allegro moderato
II. Scherzando
III. Adagio ma non troppo
IV. Molto vivace
I. To Francis Poulenc (for Emma Johnson)
II. To Gerald Finzi (for John Bradbury)
III. To Igor Stravinsky (for Linda Merrick)
IV. To Olivier Messiaen (for Nicholas Cox)
V. To Bela Bartok (for Michael Collins)
I. Allegro calmato
II. Lento, quasi andante
III. Con brio
No. 1. Allegro molto
No. 2. Andantino
No. 3. Allegro giocoso
No. 4. Andante
No. 5. Allegro molto
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Slowly and expressively -
II. Rather fast
I. quarter note = 192-200 - Sudden tempo change. half note = 126 - Tempo I - quarter note = 100 -
II. half note = 80 (or slower) - Piu mosso (half note = 108) - [Very slow]
III. quarter note = 144 - Slower, ad lib. - [Piu mosso]
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adante con moto, ma piu tranquillo
III. Allegro moderato
I. Allegro vigoroso
II. Adagio, ma senza rigore
III. Rondo: Allegro giocoso
I. Allegro vivace
II. Lento
III. The Pre-Goodman Rag: Allegro non troppo
I. Allegro moderato
II. Caoine: Adagio [quasi fantasia]
III. Allegro grazioso
I. Molto moderato
II. Vivace
I. Con moto dolce e con tenerezza
II. Allegro ritmico con brio
I. Allegro appassionato
II. Andante un poco adagio
III. Allegretto grazioso
IV. Vivace
I. Adagio ma non troppo
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Rondo: Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Romanza: Andante - Recitativo - Tempo I
III. Alla polacca
No. 1. Prelude
No. 2. Romance
No. 3. Carol
No. 4. Forlana
No. 5. Fughetta
I. Allegretto
II. Allegro animato
III. Lento
IV. Molto allegro
I. Prelude
II. Spring
III. Mists
IV. Exotica
V. Summer
I. Allegro tristemente: Allegretto - Tres calme - Tempo allegretto
II. Romanza: Tres calme
III. Allegro con fuoco: Tres anime
I. Vif
II. Modere
III. Brazileira
No. 1. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
No. 2. Andante con moto e poco rubato
No. 3. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
I. Allegro con fuoco
II. Andante con moto
III. Rondo: Allegro
Clarinet Trio in B flat major Op. 11: I. Allegro con brio
Clarinet Trio in B flat major Op. 11: II. Adagio
Clarinet Trio in B flat major Op. 11: III. Tema: 'Pria ch'io l'impregno' (Allegretto)
Septet in E flat major Op. 20: I. Adagio - Allegro con brio
Septet in E flat major Op. 20: II. Adagio cantabile
Septet in E flat major Op. 20: III. Tempo di Menuetto & Trio
Septet in E flat major Op. 20: IV. Tema con Variaziono (Andante)
Septet in E flat major Op. 20: V. Scherzo (Allegro molto e vivace) & Trio
Septet in E flat major Op. 20: VI. Andante con molto alla Marcia - Presto
Four Waltzes for Flute, Clarinet & Piano (arr, Lev Atovmyan): I. Spring Waltz: clarinet & piano (from Michurin Op. 78a No. 3)
Four Waltzes for Flute, Clarinet & Piano (arr, Lev Atovmyan): II. Waltz-scherzo: flute & piano (from The Bolt Op. 27)
Four Waltzes for Flute, Clarinet & Piano (arr, Lev Atovmyan): III. Waltz:: flute, clarinet & piano (from The Return of Maxim Op. 45)
Four Waltzes for Flute, Clarinet & Piano (arr, Lev Atovmyan): IV. Barrel Organ Waltz: piccolo clarinet & piano (from The Gadfly Op. 97a No. 5)
Ebony Concerto: I. Allegro moderato
Ebony Concerto: II. Andante
Ebony Concerto: III. Moderato - Con moto
Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major K364/K320d: I. Allegro maestoso
Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major K364/K320d: II. Andante
Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major K364/K320d: III. Presto
Sinfonia Concertante in E flat K297b/KAnh9/C14.01: I. Allegro
Sinfonia Concertante in E flat K297b/KAnh9/C14.01: II. Adagio
Sinfonia Concertante in E flat K297b/KAnh9/C14.01: III. Andantino con variazioni
Part I: Slowly - Not too fast, but with energy [Doppio movimento] - A little faster, strict tempo - Steadier
Part II: Quite slowly - Moving forward - Tempo I - A little faster, flowing - Steadier - Fast, very rhythmic - Steadier - Tempo I [Fast] - A little faster - Tempo I [Fast] - L'istesso tempo, ma poco maestoso - Tempo I [Fast]
1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Allegro ma non troppo
2. Larghetto
3. Rondo. Allegro
Carter: Clarinet Concerto - Scherzando
Carter: Clarinet Concerto - Deciso
Carter: Clarinet Concerto - Tranquillo
Carter: Clarinet Concerto - Presto
Carter: Clarinet Concerto - Largo
Carter: Clarinet Concerto - Giocoso
Carter: Clarinet Concerto - Agitato
Allegro I.
Adagio II.
Andantino grazioso III.
Allegro IV.
Märchenerzählungen for Clarinet, Viola (Cello) and Piano, Op. 132: Lebhaft, nicht zu schnell
Lebhaft und sehr markirt
Ruhiges Tempo, mit zartem Ausdruck
Lebhaft, sehr markirt
Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet (1953): I. Allegro con spirito
II. Rubato. Lamentoso
III. Allegro grazioso
IV. Presto ruvido
V. Adagio. Mesto
VI. Molto vivace. Capriccioso
1. Allegro (= 152)
2. Tempo giusto (Contrabassoon)
3. (Oboe)
4. Allegro assai
5. Tempo giusto (Viola)
6. (Bass clarinet)
7. Tutti (= 152)
8. Poco meccanicamente
9. Tempo giusto
10. (Piccolo and Bass)
11. Coda
Vier Stücke, Op. 27: Unentrinnbar
Du sollst nicht, du musst
Mond und Menschen
Der Wunsch des Liebhabers


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