skip to Main Content

They’re real gems


BBC Radio 3 Record Review, Andrew McGregor

“One of the highlights for me is the clarinet concerto by Ruth Gipps, written for her fiancé, clarinettist Robert Baker. When she wrote it in 1940 they were students at the Royal College of Music and she had just become a pupil of Ralph Vaughan Williams. The slow movement is a touching representation of her relationship with Robert. It begins with her instrument, the oboe, before it’s joined by the solo clarinet … the piece has been hibernating until it was reawakened by clarinettist Robert Plane for this recording with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins  When she wrote it in 1940, Gipps was a young woman struggling to be heard in a male commented world. Scottish composer Ian Hamilton’s Clarinet Concerto was a major work from 1950, and in his case, the orchestral parts were mislaid after just a handful of performances. Vaughan William’s contemporary Richard Walthew’s 1902 concerto was unorchestrated when he died … they’re all played with a sense of conviction that they’re real gems.”


The recording:
You may also like to see...
Plane has magisterial control of his instrument

British Music Society, Geoffrey Atkinson

Best Re-Issue

Classic FM, David Mellor

Utterly beguiling

The Westmorland Gazette, Ian Jones

Wistful beauty

The Times, Anna Picard

Afternoon Concert
Very smooth and subtle and deeply musical

BBC Radio 3, Kate Molleson

Unleashed with a controlled power by these fine musicians

The Scotsman, Susan Nickalls

Robert Plane
Threw himself into his athletic lines with glee and abandon
Plane’s tireless virtuosity

The Guardian, Rian Evans

Robert Plane Contrasts - Impressions Of Hungary
It's a little gem

The Guardian, Erica Jeal 

Robert Plane
A Perfect Partnership at the Ilkley Concert Club

Sacconi Quartet and Robert Plane at the King’s Hall, Chris Skidmore

Robert Plane gives a very fine reading [of Finzi Clarinet Concerto] for Naxos

From “Which is the best recording of Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto?” by Patrick Rucker, 14th July 2016

Robert Plane, Philip Dukes and Huw Watkins – unerring control

The Guardian, Rian Evans

A perfect balance of structural exactitude and lyricism – Gould Trio with clarinettist Robert Plane

The Guardian, Rian Evans

Older Reviews
Delectable soloist

International Record Review

Plane's readings are superb




Lyrical sweeps of phrasing in an immaculate performance

BBC, Andrew McGregor 

Back To Top