Robin Milford – Chamber Music
– Phantasy Quintet. Op. 33
– Clarinet Trio, Op. 87
– Lyrical Movement, Op. 89
– Prelude for Piano Trio, Op. 92
– Violin Sonata in D major, Op. 77

Robert Plane, clarinet | Lucy Gould & Mia Cooper, violins | David Adams, viola | Alice Neary, cello | Benjamin Frith, piano

(TOCC 0244)

MusicWeb International Recording of the Month

“Toccata Classics has already brought the music of less well-known composers to the attention of the general listening public…. Whether or not you are already acquainted with the works of Robin Milford, have a particular penchant for English music, or just a fascination for the less-familiar, this superb CD offers over an hour of sheer enjoyment….. It is something that you will surely return to, again and again, and is bound to prompt you to investigate more of Milford’s output.

With outstanding performances throughout, excellent recording and presentation, this is one of the best recent CDs of its kind.”
MusicWeb International

‘A solo clarinet glides in over softly undulating strings. So begins a real discovery. I can’t think of a more atmospheric or understated opening to a clarinet quintet-wonderfully captured by Robert Plane and his colleagues on this new Toccata Classics disc. The clarinet and string playing in this recording are first rate. Rob Plane has done us all a service by releasing such a persuasive account of these overlooked works.’
Clarinet and Saxophone Society of GB Magazine

‘…In his single-movement Phantasy Quintet (1933), Milford combines elements of period dance music with his love of folk-like melody. It is as lyrically expressive as anything his teacher Vaughan Williams ever wrote, with touches of humor, excellent contrast, and a masterly hand at organization…..In matters of performance, the composer couldn’t have asked for a more sympathetic understanding of both the specifics of his musical style and his expressive range.’

MusicWeb International Recordings of the Year 2014




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