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Michael Collins & Friends: Late Brahms

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Sat 13 Jan, 4pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Classical music
£15 ⁠–⁠ £52.50
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Clarinettist Michael Collins on a sofa with a clarinet
Benjamin Ealovega

‘[Collins is] a virtuoso with soul’ 

Financial Times

Clarinettist Michael Collins, pianist Michael McHale and the Talich String Quartet join forces on some of the most beautiful of Brahms’ chamber works.

This is a chance to enjoy a full afternoon immersed in the lavish Romanticism of Brahms, with a programme including some of the composer’s most personal and profound creations.

Brahms’ music for clarinet came late in his life. He had been poised to retire, thinking it was time to pass the baton to a new generation of composers – until he heard the clarinet virtuoso Richard Mühlfeld play, and was inspired to write for him.

Two new sonatas and a Clarinet Quintet followed, all of them music of extraordinary freshness, lyricism and depth.

Alongside these, McHale and the Talich Quartet play the Piano Quintet: energetic, ferocious and high-spirited, it’s a roller-coaster ride from start to finish.

‘The Talich remains a model of instinctively musical, utterly democratic quartet playing’

The Guardian

‘[In] the astonishing breadth of expression heard from Andreas Haefliger … cascades of super-smooth ripples thrilled in a vivid outburst of virtuosity’

The Scotsman
Performers
  • Michael Collins clarinet
  • Michael McHale piano *
  • Talich Quartet
Repertoire
  • Brahms: Sonata in F minor for clarinet & piano, Op.120 No.1; Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34
  • Interval
  • Brahms: Sonata in E flat for clarinet & piano, Op.120 No.2; Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115

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Age recommendation

For ages 7+

* Please note change of artist from originally advertised

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Dates & times

Sat 13 Jan, 4pm
Approximate run time: 2 hours 35 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

Price

  • Standard entry£15 ⁠–⁠ £52.50*
  • Concessions25%**


* Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

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