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Finzi Clarinet Concerto and other works

Naxos 8.553566

Gerald Finzi
– Clarinet Concerto

Robert Plane, clarinet | Northern Sinfonia | Howard Griffiths, Conductor

Recommended Recording – Building a Library, CD Review, BBC Radio 3
Winner, Classic CD Best Concerto Recording 2000
Gramophone, Editor’s Choice’

‘Robert Plane gives a very fine reading for Naxos, playing with the Northern Sinfonia, of which he was principal clarinet at the time. His playing is fluent and purposeful, with plenty of character; he is suitably indignant at the close of the first movement and displays an emphatic chalumeau register in the second. He shades dynamics with great sensitivity and the rondo is wonderfully good-natured’
Patrick Rucker – Gramophone Magazine July 2016
‘But it is one of the merits of this exceptional performance that Robert Plane’s mellifluous playing is so perfectly suited to the clarinet’s role as peacemaker, while the Northern Sinfonia strings add the necessary edge when it is required.’
Anthony Burton – 1001 Classical Recordings you must hear before you die
‘..but the performance of the Finzi Clarinet Concerto which, for me, gets right to the heart is the excellent Robert Plane’s….sinuous and flexible.’
Building a Library, BBC Radio 3
‘His virtuoso command and clear fresh tone are most impressive, with clean, crisp definition…The slow movement brings a glorious performance, rapt and expansive, with hushed playing lovingly expressive. An outstanding bargain version.’
Gramophone 2001 
This is an absolutely delightful programme which will be especially welcome to all lovers of English music. The playing throughout is first-class, with Robert Plane proving an excellent soloist able to exploit both the elegiac and virtuosic aspects of the music with equal success.’
BBC Music Magazine ***** 1998

Further recordings
Contrast Impressions Of Hungary
Contrasts – Impressions of Hungary

Champs Hill Records CHRCD132

York Bowen – Chamber Works

Chandos CH10805

Shapira: Midnight Journeys

Champs Hill Records, CHRCD148

Gerald Finzi: By Footpath and Stile

Resonus Classics RES10109

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford – Clarinet Sonata

Naxos 8.570416

Johannes Brahms – Trios Volume Two

Quartz Records QTZ2042

Kurt Roger – Clarinet Quintet

Naxos 8.572238

John Ireland

Naxos 8.570550

Beethoven – Piano Trios

SOMM Recordings SOMMCD0135

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford – Clarinet Concerto

Naxos 8.570356

Olivier Messiaen

Chandos Records CHAN 10480

Piers Hellawell – Airs, Waters

Delphian Records DCD34114

Alun Hoddinott – Promontory of Dreams

Metronome METCD1073

Rebecca Clarke – Clarinet & Viola

Naxos 8.557934

Aaron Copland – Clarinet Concerto

BBC Music Magazine BBCMM272

Max Bruch Chamber Works

ASV Records, 1133

James MacMillan – Tuireadh


Carl Nielson – Clarinet Concerto

BBC Music Magazine BBCMM205

Mobius Chamber Music – Clarinet Quintet

EMI Classics 73162

Wagner and Strauss – Concertino

Chandos CHAN9354

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