Clarinet Supremo

Friday 15 November 2013 @ 8pm

Venue: The Model, The Mall, Sligo

Michael Collins – clarinet
Michael McHale – piano

Michael Collins clarinet, Michael McHale piano

Admission €20 (Students €10 at the door) inclusive of Meet the artists reception

Bookings: Hawk’s Well Theatre / Tel: 071 916 1518 / Book online:


Johannes Brahms Clarinet Sonata in F minor
Op.120 No.1
Carl M von Weber Grand Duo Concertante in E flat Op.48
Witold Lutoslawski Dance Preludes
Joseph Horovitz Sonatina
Johannes Brahms Sonata in E flat major Op.120 No.2

The two Brahms sonatas stem from a period in Brahms’s life where he “discovered” the beauty of the sound and color of the clarinet. Weber’s Grand duo concertante is one of the great works for clarinet by the multifaceted German composer. Michael Collins is one of the major clarinetists in the world today. Belfast born Michael McHale is the rising star of Irish pianism.

The speed and elegance of Collins’s dynamic shifts took the breath away: from thunderous fire to milky calm in a split second. His poise, agility, pitch security, colour range: no faults anywhere”. Geoff Brown, The Times

All of the music comes to life through the singing sensibility of McHale’s sensitive and polished pianism, captured in a warmly ambient recording. In short, it’s easy to recommend such a highly distinct and imaginatively presented release” Review of the CD The Irish Piano by Jed Distler (Gramophone)

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