Today's Radio 3 'Afternoon Concert' was from the Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts in 2012, when the orchestra made its debut tour of China, featuring Robert Plane as soloist in Mozart's Clarinet Concerto. The conductor was Thierry Fisher and the 2,000 members of the audience were joined by 6m people watching live on Chinese television.
‘Radio 3 in Concert’ on Thursday evening comes from Aberystwyth Arts Centre, where Ryan Bancroft and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales continue the orchestra’s Beethoven cycle.
Between the composer’s fledgling first symphony and his iconic fifth is a gem of the woodwind repertoire, Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No 1, written three years after Beethoven’s fifth symphony and also considered innovative for its time. The soloist is BBC NOW’s Principal Clarinettist, Robert Plane.
The Scotsman, Susan Nickalls
On tonight's programme, Robert Worby presents highlights from Sonorities 2018 - Belfast's important festival of electronic music which is held every two years. In April this year, Robert Plane was involved in a series of concerts at the festival covering a wide range of repertoire including Boulez's Dialogue de l’ombre double for Clarinet and Electronics. Robert's performance of 'A Celestial Breath' by Chris Malloy features in tonight's programme.
In September 2017, Robert Plane, Ittai Shapira and BBC National Orchestra of Wales made the premiere recording of ‘Midnight’s Children’, a double concerto for violin and clarinet by violinist/composer Ittai Shapira.
The recording will be broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 29th May at 4.05pm
"Boulez Dialogue de l’ombre double is an epic masterpiece, huge in scale, and demanding in terms of technique, concentration and stamina. It's dazzling, intriguing and thought-provoking in equal measure. The spacial element of the electronic contribution, sending prerecorded sound around the hall from six speakers, is inspired. One of the biggest challenges I’ve ever taken on but worth it, without question!"
Seen and Heard International, Paul Corfield Godfrey
The Guardian, Rian Evans
As part of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales's 90th birthday celebrations during 2018, the orchestra's concert on 28th March will includes two world premieres, each written by a welsh composer. Mark Boden’s Clarinet Concerto has been written for BBC NOW Principal Clarinet, Robert Plane and Guto Puw’s Camouflage: a BBC Radio 3 and Ty Cerdd Commission.
The Guardian, Erica Jeal
On September 12th and 13th, Robert Plane, Ittai Shapira and BBC National Orchestra of Wales make the premiere recording of ‘Midnight’s Children’, a double concerto for violin and clarinet by violinist/composer Ittai Shapira.
This composition is inspired by Salman Rushdie’s novel, Midnight’s Children, which examines questions of loss and political violence. Read more
Esteemed clarinettist Robert Plane and the fabulous Carducci Quartet join forces in performances of Herbert Howells Rhapsodic Quintet and Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581 on Saturday 22 July as part of Guiting Music Festival’s 2017 programme. For nearly half a century the Guiting Music Festival has been a highlight of the Cotswolds’ summer calendar, bringing an exciting variety of highly talented performances of Classical, Jazz and Folk music by artists from around the world. Read more
Sacconi Quartet and Robert Plane at the King’s Hall, Chris Skidmore "A Perfect Partnership" "His virtuosity was never in doubt" "The rich chocolate tones of the bass clarinet contrasted with but never dominated the texture, showing what an excellent ensemble player Robert Plane is"
Robert Plane has gained an enviable reputation for his performances and recordings of the magnificent English repertoire for clarinet. This October he looks forward to showcasing the multi-talented English composer and pianist, York Bowen’s sublime Phantasy Quintet Op. 93 for bass clarinet with the Sacconi Quartet.
His playing is fluent and purposeful, with plenty of character; he is suitably indignant at the close of the first movement and displays an emphatic chalumeau register in the second. He shades dynamics with great sensitivity and the rondo is wonderfully good-natured