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Robert Plane, principal clarinettist with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, winner of the ROSL 1992 Music Competition, joins with The Carducci Quartet to play amongst others the outstanding Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major

 

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(Robert Plane)

(Carducci Quartet)

 

Profile

Robert Plane won the Royal OverSeas League Music Competition in 1992. Since then his solo and chamber career has taken him to prestigious venues across Europe and beyond, performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional de Musica with the City of London Sinfonia, on tour in the USA with the Virginia Symphony and throughout China with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, during which his performance at Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts was broadcast live to a TV audience of 6 million.


Robert has become particularly known for his performances and recordings of the magnificent English repertoire for clarinet. Gramophone magazine has praised playing of ‘ravishing lyricism and conviction by Robert Plane, who has now surely fully occupied the shoes of the late Thea King in his championship of British clarinet music.’ His benchmark recording of Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto (BBC Radio 3 Building a Library recommendation and part of the Naxos British Music Series which won a Gramophone Award in 1999) is still a regular feature of the playlists of both Radio 3 and Classic FM nearly twenty years after its initial release. He subsequently recorded discs of music by Bax (a further Gramophone Award shortlisting), John Ireland, Howells, Alwyn, Holbrooke, Robin Milford and Stanford, including Stanford’s Clarinet Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Robert made his solo debut at the BBC Proms in 2011 in Simon Holt’s double concerto ‘Centauromachy’. He gave the world premiere of Piers Hellawell’s ‘Agricolas’, with subsequent performances and a CD recording for Delphian with the Ulster Orchestra and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra. Other notable premieres include the clarinet concerto by Diana Burrell, with performances with Royal Northern Sinfonia at the Huddersfield Contemporary Festival and at the Barbican, and Nicola LeFanu’s Concertino. He gave the UK premiere of Christian Jost’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ before taking it the Dortmund Philharmonic during their season celebrating that composer’s works. Other overseas engagements include Copland with the Malta Philharmonic in Valletta and a gala performance of the Bruch Double Concerto for clarinet and viola with the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2013.


The Carducci Quartet,described by The Strad as presenting “a masterclass in unanimity of musical purpose, in which severity could melt seamlessly into charm, and drama into geniality″, is recognised as one of today’s most successful string quartets. Performing over 90 concerts worldwide each year the quartet also runs its own recording label Carducci Classics, an annual festival in Highnam, Gloucester and in September 2014 curated their first Carducci Festival in Castagneto-Carducci, the town from which they took their name.

Winners of international competitions including the Concert Artists Guild International Competition 2007 and Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition,the Anglo-Irish quartet has appeared at prestigious venues across the globe including the Wigmore Hall, Dublin's National Concert Hall, Copenhagen's Tivoli Concert Hall, New York's Carnegie Hall and Library of Congress and John F Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. Festival appearances include Cheltenham Music Festival, Festival Messiaen au pays Meije, West Cork Chamber Music festival, Kuhmo Festival and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Poland.


2015 saw the quartet present the complete catalogue of Shostakovich’s String Quartets across a number of international cycles to commemorate 40 years since the composer’s death. The project was accompanied by a recording of quartet’s no. 4, 8 and 11, their second disc for Signum Classics. The quartet also toured Germany, Holland and Colombia and collaborated with guitaristCraig Ogden, clarinettist Emma Johnson, cellists Guy Johnston and Christian-Pierre La Marca.


Highly celebrated for their interpretation of contemporary repertoire, the Carducci Quartet is regularly invited to perform new works. They presented the world premiere of Anthony Gilbert’s cello quintet Haven of Mysteries with Guy Johnston and curated two projects at Kings Place, London around Steve Reich and Philip Glass. 2013 saw the release of two recordings: Into the Ravine with Nicholas Daniel – their debut release for Signum Classics – featuring British works composed for the ensemble, and Alexander Raskatov’s Monks Music, listed as one of the top 5 classical recordings of 2013 by the Irish Times. The quartet has also received wide critical acclaim for recordings on their own record label and their catalogue features two world premiere recordings: works by G. Whettam (‘recording of the month’ MusicWeb International) and J. Horovitz (‘beautifully crafted works…excellent performances’, BBC Music Magazine). They have also recorded Vivaldi and Piazzolla with the Katona Twins GuitarDuo for Channel Classics, as well as Philip Glass for Naxos.

 

 

Programme

Howells: Rhapsodic Quintet

Shostakovich:

Quartet No.8 in C minor, op.110

Mozart:

Clarinet Quintet in A major, K.581

 

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