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Four Fables: A Chamber Ensemble Dance Collaboration

Robert Plane and the Gould Piano Trio are delighted to present an innovative new proposal featuring Huw Watkins’s ‘Four Fables’ in collaboration with Bharatanatyam dancer Mayuri Boonham. ‘Four Fables’ was first commissioned in 2018 by Rob and the Goulds to celebrate the 20th…

Hamilton Clarinet Quintet

Robert Plane (clarinet) and the Maxwell Quartet

Iain Hamilton was born in Glasgow on 6th June 1922. Robert Plane and the Maxwell Quartet join forces to celebrate this important Scottish composer's centenary. Full programme available on request. This collaboration can be booked either through Sally Richardson at Tashmina Artists or Laura Tear at Pro Artist LTAM
Iain Hamilton - Clarinet Quintet no.1, op.2

Songs and Shepherds

Charlotte Bowden (soprano), Robert Plane (clarinet) and Benjamin Frith (piano)
Charles Villiers Stanford - Three Intermezzi, op. 13
Ralph Vaughan Williams - 3 Vocalises
Gustav Holst - Six Songs, op. 16
Arnold Cooke - Three Songs of Innocence
Giacomo Meyerbeer - Hirtenlied
Louis Spohr - Sechs Lieder, op. 103
Franz Schubert - The Shepherd on the Rock, D. 965
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Two Tashmina Artists in Winchester streams

Robert Plane (clarinet) and Tim Horton (piano) will feature in several concerts being streamed this weekend as part of the online Winchester Chamber Music Festival. The concerts were recorded live two weeks ago at the in-person edition of the Festival…

Kurtág Hommage à Robert Schumann

As part of today's Penarth Chamber Music Festival concert, broadcast live from St David's Hall, Cardiff as Radio 3's Lunchtime Concert, Robert Plane performs the Kurtág Hommage à Robert Schumann with David Adams (viola) and Robin Green (piano). Having been…

Music in Theatre

Lucy Gould (violin), Robert Plane (clarinet) and Benjamin Frith (piano)

Darius Milhaud - Suite for violin, clarinet and piano, op. 157b
Josef Holbrooke - Mezzo-Tints, op. 55 (selection)
Erich Wolfgang Korngold - Much Ado about Nothing, op. 11 (arr. for violin and piano)
Donato Lovreglio - Fantasia on Themes from La Traviata
Igor Stravinsky - Suite from The Soldier’s Tale

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Max Bruch: Touching the Divine

In this fascinating article about Max Bruch by Andrew Mellor for Gramophone Magazine, to mark the forthcoming centenary of the composer's death, the writer explores Bruch's "remarkable ear for melody". The feature includes contributions from Robert Plane.

Interview on Penarth Radio

If you missed it at the time, you can 'listen again' to Robert Plane chatting to Alice Neary on Penarth Radio about his career, the repertoire he has performed and recorded and also his new appointment as Head of Wind…

Corbridge Festival

Robert Plane at Corbridge Festival

This year's festival is themed around Antonín Dvořák, focussing especially on his journey to New York in 1892. The programmes of the festival's concerts explore the effects of this journey on his own music and on emerging American composers of the time, as well as celebrating New York as a centre of musical experimentation across many decades.

New Publicity Images for Robert Plane

Robert Plane has a new set of publicity images, taken on his recent visit to Chetham's School of Music in Manchester. The images were taken by Sara Porter for the "50 portraits" exhibition, where photographs are being taken of fifty…

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Recital with Benjamin Frith – I

Robert Plane (clarinet) and Benjamin Frith (piano)

Francis Poulenc - Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Leó Weiner - Peregi verbunk, op. 40
York Bowen - Clarinet Sonata, op. 109
Charles Villiers Stanford - Three Intermezzi, op. 13
Frédéric François Chopin - Barcarolle in F sharp major, op. 60
Carl Maria von Weber - Grand Duo Concertant, op. 48

Recital with Benjamin Frith – II

Robert Plane (clarinet) and Benjamin Frith (piano)

Claude Debussy - Première Rhapsodie
Johannes Brahms - Sonata in E flat major, op. 120, no. 2
Leó Weiner - Két tétel
York Bowen - Clarinet Sonata, op. 109
Frédéric François Chopin - Barcarolle in F sharp major, op. 60
Gerald Finzi - Five Bagatelles, op. 23
Afternoon Concert

Radio 3 Broadcast of Mozart Clarinet Concerto

Today's Radio 3 'Afternoon Concert' was from the Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts in 2012, when the orchestra made its debut tour of China, featuring Robert Plane as soloist in Mozart's Clarinet Concerto. The conductor was Thierry Fisher and the 2,000 members of the audience were joined by 6m people watching live on Chinese television.
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Robert Plane's performance of A Celestial Breath by Chris Malloy on BBC Radio 3 Hear and Now

On tonight's programme, Robert Worby presents highlights from Sonorities 2018 - Belfast's important festival of electronic music which is held every two years. In April this year, Robert Plane was involved in a series of concerts at the festival covering a wide range of repertoire including Boulez's Dialogue de l’ombre double for Clarinet and Electronics. Robert's performance of 'A Celestial Breath' by Chris Malloy features in tonight's programme.
Midnight's Children

BBC Radio 3 Broadcast of 'Midnight's Children'

In September 2017, Robert Plane, Ittai Shapira and BBC National Orchestra of Wales made the premiere recording of ‘Midnight’s Children’, a double concerto for violin and clarinet by violinist/composer Ittai Shapira. The recording will be broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 29th May at…

Robert Plane to give live performance of Boulez Dialogue de l’ombre double for clarinet and electronics

"Boulez Dialogue de l’ombre double is an epic masterpiece, huge in scale, and demanding in terms of technique, concentration and stamina. It's dazzling, intriguing and thought-provoking in equal measure. The spacial element of the electronic contribution, sending prerecorded sound around the hall from six speakers, is inspired. One of the biggest challenges I’ve ever taken on but worth it, without question!"

Robert Plane at Wigmore Hall

Robert Plane's London fans will be delighted to be able to hear him at Wigmore Hall on Monday 30th October.  Mobius, an international ensemble of seven outstanding musicians, returns to the Wigmore Hall with a typically eclectic programme, highlighting a…

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Midnight's Children – premiere recording

On September 12th and 13th, Robert Plane, Ittai Shapira and BBC National Orchestra of Wales make the premiere recording of 'Midnight's Children', a double concerto for violin and clarinet by violinist/composer Ittai Shapira. This composition is inspired by Salman Rushdie's…

Robert Plane tours with the Sacconi Quartet

Robert Plane has gained an enviable reputation for his performances and recordings of the magnificent English repertoire for clarinet. This October he looks forward to showcasing the multi-talented English composer and pianist, York Bowen’s sublime Phantasy Quintet Op. 93 for…

Older Reviews

"The delectable soloist, Robert Plane, must be smiling for joy at this unexpected addition to the (wonderful but small) clarinet quintet repertoire" International Record Review 2012 (Finzi Five Bagatelles) "…stunningly intimate miniatures……Plane’s readings are superb, especially in the extended lyrical movements…

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Concertos Arnold - 2 Concertos and Concertino Boulez - Domaines Britten - Movements for a clarinet concerto Diana Burrell - Concerto Bruch - Double Concerto for clarinet and viola Copland - Concerto Crussell - Concertos Debussy - Première Rhapsodie Finzi…

Robert Plane

Robert Plane’s hugely varied career has seen concerto appearances in Europe, Asia and the USA, with performances of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto in Madrid with the City of London Sinfonia, Beijing with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and in…

York Bowen – Chamber Works

Chandos CH10805 York Bowen – Chamber Works – Phantasy Quintet – Piano Trios – Clarinet Sonata Performers Robert Plane: Clarinet | Mia Cooper: Violin | David Adams: Viola | Gould Piano Trio  

Gerald Finzi: By Footpath and Stile

Resonus Classics RES10109 Re-released 3 June 2019 GERALD FINZI Romance, op. 11 By Footpath and Stile, op. 2 Prelude Interlude, op. 21 Elegy, op. 22 Five Bagatelles, op. 23 Finzi Quartet Marcus Farnsworth baritone Robert Plane clarinet Ruth Bolister oboe

Kurt Roger – Clarinet Quintet

Naxos 8.572238 Kurt Roger – Clarinet Quintet – Piano Sonata – Piano Trio – Variations on an Irish Air Performers Robert Plane: Clarinet / Gould Piano Trio / Emily Beynon: Flute / David Adams: Viola / Mia Cooper: Violin

Beethoven – Piano Trios

SOMM Recordings SOMMCD0135 Beethoven – Piano Trios Vol. 3 – Trio Op. 11 – Trio Op. 121a ‘Kakadu Variations’ – Trio Op. 38 Performers Robert Plane: Clarinet | Gould Piano Trio

Olivier Messiaen

Chandos Records CHAN 10480 Olivier Messiaen - Les Offrandes oubliées (transcribed for piano) - Thème et Variations - Quatuor pour la fin du Temps Performers: Clarinet: Robert Plane / Gould Piano Trio

Piers Hellawell – Airs, Waters

Delphian Records DCD34114 Piers Hellawell – Airs, Waters – Agricolas – Airs, Waters and Floating Islands – Etruscan Games | Basho – Degrees of Separation – Jan Palac and the Flaming Skier Performers Robert Plane: Clarinet / Fidelio Trio / RTE…

Alun Hoddinott – Promontory of Dreams

Metronome METCD1073 Alun Hoddinott – Promontory of Dreams – Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra – Concerto Grosse No 1 – Tymhorau (Seasons) Robert Plane, clarinet | Welsh Chamber Orchestra | Anthony Hose, conductor | Jeremy Huw Williams, baritone | Liam…

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