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Basingstoke: Clarinet Spotlight

The Anvil, Basingstoke
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Conductor Marta Gardolińska holding baton


Marta Gardolińska – conductor
Michael Collins – clarinet


Weber Overture, Der Freischütz Listen

Weber Clarinet Concerto No. 1 Listen

— Interval —

Brahms Symphony No. 1 Listen

Marta Gardolińska takes us back to the early Romantic era in this all-German programme. Der Freischütz is widely considered one of the first German operatic masterpieces, and the 10-minute overture offers a tantalising taste of the whole work.

The spotlight is then on the brilliant Michael Collins, as he demonstrates all that the clarinet has to offer in Weber’s radiant first clarinet concerto. The work was embellished by Weber’s clarinettist friend Heinrich Baermann, for whom it was written, and the result is abundant in memorable melodies.

Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 is full of in melting lyricism and dynamic expansion. Brahms looked to Beethoven for inspiration, and his own version of the Ode to Joy (taken from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony) can be heard in the final movement.

Prices & Discounts

£16 – £42

Under 25s and full-time students: £12. Subscription series available.

Running time

1 hour 40 minutes, including 20-minute interval

Box office

Anvil Arts box office: 01256 844244


The Anvil, Basingstoke

The Anvil

Churchill Way
RG21 7QR

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