BBC Music Magazine has revealed its nominees for the 2019 Awards, with 21 of the best classical recordings from over the past year chosen by an expert jury.
Michael Collins’s new Crusell Concertos disc (Chandos), with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, has been nominated in the ‘Concerto’ category.
Michael Collins embraces the double role of conductor and soloist in this thrilling revelation of clarinet treasures by the Finnish composer Bernhard Henrik Crusell. The disc features Crusell’s Clarinet Concertos, Op. 1 and Op. 11, Grand Concerto, Op. 5, and Introduction et air suédois, Op. 12.
Gramophone Magazine: ‘Recording of the Month‘, June 2018: “His faultless clarity and articulation, especially at some of the speeds he adopts, are things to marvel at.”
BBC Music Magazine: “Michael thrills and charms in these characterful concertos.” *****
Classic FM: John Suchet’s ‘Album of the Week’: “…based on the evidence assembled here, it looks like it won’t be long before we’re hearing these fabulous works in concert halls and on-air far more often.”
BBC Radio 3 ‘Record Review’: “A fabulous disc… if you have a heart for this period of music and the sound of the clarinet, you’ll love it.”
Vote for the disc here!