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Reger: Clarinet Sonatas

Reger: Clarinet Sonatas


Reger:

Sonata for Viola/Clarinet and Piano in A flat major, Op. 49 No. 1

Sonata for Viola/Clarinet and Piano in F sharp minor, Op. 49 No. 2

Sonata for Viola/Clarinet and Piano in B flat major, Op. 107


Michael Collins (clarinet), Michael McHale (piano)

Michael Collins and Michael McHale here present a new volume in their exploration of the lyrical clarinet repertoire. Their journey through works that encapsulate the variety of nuance and colour of which the instrument is capable, inevitably led them to another great composer for the medium: Max Reger. The Brahms-influenced (see CHAN 10844), essentially lyrical and tender works recorded here contrast particularly with the more familiar, contrapuntally rich – and loud – organ music usually associated with Reger. The three clarinet sonatas are among fourteen such duo works in his published output, composed between 1890 and 1915: effectively his entire compositional career. Although his continuing adherence to sonata-form principles is clearly evident in the two Op. 49 sonatas, the greater formal clarity of Op. 107 suggests that the lightness and geniality, even plainness, which Reger ascribed to it form part of an underlying ‘classical’ simplicity of conception, for all the music’s ‘modernistic’ surface. On top of his conducting career (City of London Sinfonia, Philharmonia Orchestra) and various recitals around the world, Michael Collins will hold a four- concert residency at LSO St Luke’s in the 2017 – 18 season, dedicated to chamber music and including recitals with Michael McHale.

“Michaels Collins and McHale are an established partnership and – through perception, virtuosity and teamwork – open up the many attractions of Reger’s Clarinet Sonatas with considerable persuasion and are very well recorded.” classicalsource.com, August 2017 *****

“Their performance quickly became my preferred recording of the few I have and I cannot see it being bettered soon. Throughout this new recording, Collins and McHale are excellent. As already stated, their choice of only does it help the listener get to the spirit of these three sonatas. It also means that their articulation of particular phrases and the changes in speed that these require are sharper and more precise.” MusicWeb International, September 2017

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The Lyrical Clarinet Volume 2

The Lyrical Clarinet Volume 2


Chausson:

Andante et Allegro (1881)

Debussy:

Petite Pièce pour Clarinette et Piano

Field:

Nocturne No. 2 in C minor

arr. McHale. Premiere Recording

Nocturne No. 5 in B flat major

arr. McHale. Premiere Recording

Nocturne No. 10 in E minor

arr. McHale. Premiere Recording

Françaix:

Tema con variazioni for clarinet & piano

Guastavino:

Sonate pour clarinette et piano

Massenet:

Meditation (from Thaïs)

Ravel:

Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera

Schumann:

Fantasiestücke, Op. 73


Michael Collins (clarinet) & Michael McHale (piano)

After a highly praised first volume, including such sonatas as Poulenc’s and Saint-Saëns’s, the virtuoso clarinettist Michael Collins – exclusive on Chandos – presents a new collection of pieces for the Lyrical Clarinet.

This soulful tour-de-force comprises a varied repertoire from Schumann’s romantic Fantasiestücke to shorter, cheerful pieces by Debussy and Ravel, yet always showcasing the incredibly wide dynamic range of the instrument. The album also features three Nocturnes by John Field, transcribed for clarinet by Michael McHale, one of the finest Irish pianists of his generation. Very tuneful, these pieces suit the clarinet, perhaps the closest wind instrument to the human voice, remarkably well.

Michael Collins and Michael McHale have developed a strong association, on stage and on record, which adds warmth and passionate engagement to this recording.

“Gentle charm unfurls from each movement…Collins’s approach has changed little from his EMI recording. He’s a touch more expansive but his tone is still warm and rounded…[and] Michael McHale is just as responsive” Gramophone Magazine, August 2016

“Françaix’s Tema con variazioni stimulates Collins’s virtuosity, seamless line and control of dynamics. It also demonstrates the splendid piano playing of McHale, whose transcription of two John Field Nocturnes further enhances the disc’s attractions.” Sunday Times, 5th June 2016

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British Clarinet Concertos, Vol. 2

British Clarinet Concertos, Vol. 2


Britten:

Movements for a Clarinet Concerto for clarinet and strings

devised and orch. 2007 by Colin Matthews (b. 1946)

Cooke, A:

Concerto For Clarinet And String Orchestra

Finzi:

Five Bagatelles, Op.23a

Mathias:

Clarinet Concerto, Op. 68


This second volume of British Clarinet Concertos follows ‘a stunning recording’ made a Critic’s Choice of the Year in Gramophone (2013). Here again, the exclusive Chandos artist Michael Collins combines the role of soloist with that of conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

The two three-movement concertos included in this album are fine examples of their respective composers’ work. While Arnold Cooke’s Concerto makes the most of the solo instrument’s wide- ranging lyricism, the Concerto with strings and percussion by William Mathias is a virtuoso piece for the instrument, which exploits its capacity for fluent runs and incisive attacks and its affinities with jazz.

The programme is completed by two arrangements, though of different kinds. Benjamin Britten’s Movements for a Clarinet Concerto is the surviving sketch for the opening movement of a concerto which Britten started writing in 1941 for the great American jazz clarinettist Benny Goodman. Gerald Finzi’s Five Bagatelles is a set of short pieces written as a companion piece to Finzi’s well- known Clarinet Concerto - featured on volume 1 [CHAN10739].

“Michael Collins's skills have been a welcome presence on the classical scene for decades now. His way of conjuring moments of mesmerising stillness, among all the virtuosos fireworks, is enough in itself to lift the appeal of this release way beyond the collector's completism…and then there's the BBC Symphony Orchestra's response - ultra-vivid from start to finish.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2016 *****

“An inventively packed programme - all 83 minutes of it - enthusiastically recommended” Gramophone Magazine, April 2016

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The Lyrical Clarinet Volume 1

The Lyrical Clarinet Volume 1


Baermann, H:

Clarinet Quintet No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 23: Adagio

Burgmüller, N:

Duo for Clarinet & Piano, Op. 15

Finzi:

Five Bagatelles for clarinet & piano, Op. 23

Pärt:

Spiegel im Spiegel

Poulenc:

Clarinet Sonata, Op. 184

Reade:

Victorian Kitchen Garden Suite

Saint-Saëns:

Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, Op. 167


Michael Collins (clarinet) & Michael McHale (piano)

Michael Collins, the virtuoso clarinettist and exclusive Chandos artist, returns for a second volume in Chandos’ series showcasing the extraordinarily wide range of music written for his instrument. The first volume, The Virtuoso Clarinet (CHAN10615), was described by International Record Review as: ‘…an absolute charmer, most beautifully played… difficult to imagine a finer performance than that given here.’

Accompanied by Michael McHale on the piano, Collins here explores the lyrical qualities of the clarinet in a programme comprising a widely varied repertoire. One of the prime qualities of the instrument is its likeness in tone and range to the human voice, which has inspired composers to write aria- and lyric song-like pieces for it.

Baermann’s Adagio in D flat perfectly illustrates the clarinet’s capacity for sustained lyric melody, taking on the character of an operatic aria, the clarinet’s soulful line interspersed with sudden bursts of bravura. Though once ascribed to Richard Wagner, the piece is now acknowledged as being by Baermann, widely recognised as one of the greatest clarinettists of his time.

Among the other key works on this release is Saint-Saëns’s four-movement Clarinet Sonata in E flat. A very late work, it is one of three woodwind sonatas composed shortly before the composer’s death in 1921. In this work too, the clarinet appears at its most lyrical, not least in the refined and songful opening theme; as quicker and more extrovert music takes centre stage, the movement exploits the full virtuoso potential of the clarinet.

The Clarinet Sonata of 1962, one of Poulenc’s very last works, was dedicated to the memory of Arthur Honegger, a fellow member of the ‘Groupe des Six’ in the 1920s, who had died in 1955. This accounts for the intense sense of sadness and loss in the first movements. However, the finale offers relief from the sombre mood, capturing a kaleidoscope of witty, agile, and highly rhythmic ideas right up to the dramatic conclusion.

“Collins plays [the Five Bagatelles] with much affection...overall I enjoyed these performances greatly.” International Record Review, March 2011

“A highly engaging programme from Michael Collins, whose rare combination of tonal mellifluousness and virtuoso flair brings a satisfying unity to a wide range of styles.” Classic FM Magazine, April 2011 ****

“It's hard to imagine this varied programme better played than by Collins and Michael McHale. They're technically impeccable and stylistically flexible, and, aided by an unobtrusively excellent recording, they both produce some beautiful pianissimo playing.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2011 *****

“This disc, in all the varied items, again demonstrates the magnetism and sheer beauty of his playing, whatever the idiom...a fine recital, vividly recorded to match the inspiration of the playing.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2011

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Michael Collins plays clarinet sonatas

Michael Collins plays clarinet sonatas


Brahms:

Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1

Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 120 No. 2

Reinecke:

Sonata for flute & piano in E major 'Undine', Op. 167

Introduction & Allegro appassionata in C minor, Op. 256


Michael Collins (clarinet) & Michael McHale (piano)

On this CD, Michael Collins performs Brahms’s and Reinecke’s clarinet sonatas with the pianist Michael McHale. Their collaboration on Chandos has been successful, from their Lyrical Clarinet album – which received five stars from BBC Music (performance and recording) – to their two acclaimed volumes of British Sonatas, a ‘self-recommending Chandos series’ (Musicwebinternational. com).

The two clarinet sonatas were written after Brahms had declared that his compositional career was at an end. He dedicated them to the clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld, whom he much admired. Even if the composer described them as ‘two modest sonatas with piano’, these are works of moving and dramatic intensity, with both the first movement of the F minor and the central Scherzo of the E flat Sonata marked Allegro appassionato. Michael Musgrave (a Brahms specialist) indeed associates the F minor key of No. 1, so often used by Brahms, with ‘passionate, rhetorical expression and formal adventure’; lyrical expressivity is most evident in the serene music of the first movement of No. 2. The latter is unconventionally in three movements, each in the tonic key, and this tonal planning unfolds as a single, continuous, and circular design.

Brahms’s works were devotedly promoted by the composer, conductor, pianist, and teacher Carl Reinecke, whose prodigious output has not fared as well as the music of Brahms, though the chamber music has perhaps proved relatively more durable. Both the Sonata Undine, originally written for flute and piano, and Op. 256 refer to works by Schumann, respectively Kreisleriana and the Concertstück, Op. 92 for piano and orchestra, also known as ‘Introduction and Allegro appassionato’.

“Brahms called Muhlfeld 'a master of his beautiful instrument', an epithet that could be extended to Collins who, with McHale, offers joyous performances of these lyrical but unsurprisingly cogent works...This is a most desirable issue, with a recording that balances the two instruments perfectly.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2015

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Brahms: Cello Sonatas & Clarinet Trio

Brahms: Cello Sonatas & Clarinet Trio


Brahms:

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

Michael Collins (clarinet)

Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38

Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99


Paul Watkins (cello) & Ian Brown (piano)

Performing Brahms’s cello sonatas and Clarinet Trio, Paul Watkins here presents three enduring masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire. He is joined by two musicians of the highest calibre, the pianist Ian Brown, his established duo partner, and the clarinettist Michael Collins.

Himself an accomplished player in his youth, Brahms was passionate about the cello and wrote many glorious parts for the instrument. However, he had difficulty writing his Cello Sonata No. 1, eventually destroying an Adagio to leave the three-movement work we know today. Completed in 1865, it is somewhat reserved in character, with an elaborate fugal finale that, looking backwards, pays homage to Bach. A little over twenty years later, in 1886, Brahms composed his Cello Sonata No. 2, the expansive form and extrovert character of which stand in graphic contrast to the first. The writing also shows a more adventurous approach to the cello, heard right from the outset in the leaping, passionate theme with which the first movement opens.

One of his last works, the Clarinet Trio was written after Brahms had decided to retire from composition. It was the artistry of Richard Mühlfeld that inspired him to return to composition and write a series of works for the clarinet, considered some of the supreme masterpieces in the instrument’s repertoire.

“Collins, Watkins and Brown play as a proper, instinctive ensemble, well tailored in phrasing, unanimous in their attack and architectural finesse, and mellifluous in their shaping of Brahms’s melodic and harmonic richness.” The Telegraph, 17th July 2014 ****

“The late sonata’s expansive mood and grand sonorities have made it the more popular of the two — it was a favourite of Casals. Yet the melancholy early work doesn’t deserve its comparative neglect. Nor does the Clarinet Trio, as this expressive performance by three of Britain’s finest musicians reminds us.” Sunday Times, 20th July 2014

“by stretching and releasing phrases without corrupting the basic pulse, lightening or darkening notes without damaging timbres, Collins shares with his colleagues an individual impulse to the music...A penetrating interpretation.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2014

“This is one of those rare discs that surprises as much as it delights... There are many great performances of these sonatas, but I cannot recall a set of such flexibility and nuance or of such generous interplay between equals. Watkins and Brown take their time. Nothing is rushed. Everything is expressive.” MusicWeb International, 14th October 2014

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Bartók: Works for Violin and Piano Volume 3

Bartók: Works for Violin and Piano Volume 3


Bartók:

Sonatina, BB 69, Sz. 55

arr. Gertler

Andrew Armstrong (piano)

Contrasts for violin, clarinet & piano, BB 116, Sz. 111

Andrew Armstrong (piano) & Michael Collins (clarinet)

44 Duos for Two Violins, BB 104, Sz. 98

Amy Schwartz Moretti (violin)


James Ehnes (violin)

James Ehnes presents his third disc of chamber works by Bartók. The previous volumes have, along with his outstanding concerto disc, established his formidable reputation as a Bartók interpreter. Here Ehnes is joined by the pianist Andrew Armstrong, violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti, and Michael Collins, one of the world’s leading clarinettists.

The Sonatina, originally composed in 1915 for piano, was based on melodies which Bartók had collected during expeditions in Transylvania. The transcription for violin and piano heard here was produced ten years later by a young student of Bartók’s, Endre Gertler.

Bartók composed Contrasts in 1938 for the jazz clarinettist Benny Goodman and violinist Joseph Szigeti, who originally had requested a work in two movements, each with a cadenza for one of the featured instruments. Fulfilling this request, Bartók added a central slow movement, entitled ‘Pihenő’ (Relaxation). The opening movement, ‘Verbunkos’, alludes to a march-like Hungarian military recruiting dance. The finale, entitled ‘Sebes’ (Quick), is a lively romp at the heart of which lies an unexpected episode of haunting calmness.

Besides writing for such outstanding musicians as Szigeti and Goodman, Bartók composed a lot of music for students, including the Forty-four Duos for two violins recorded here. These short pieces take material from a remarkably wide array of folk traditions and interlink the styles and culture of diverse peoples.

“Ehnes and Moretti possess precisely the degree of finesse required to bring both piquancy and a sense of stylish panache to the music here.” The Telegraph, 19th June 2014 ****

“James Ehnes and Amy Schwartz Moretti are fully the equal of even their most illustrious rivals, their playing varied and characterful enough to make listening to any of the four books of Duos at a single sitting a real pleasure. A lovely programme.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2014

“James Ehnes and Amy Schwartz Moretti make the best possible case for experiencing the entire cycle in one whole sweep. They maximise the amount of colour that can be squeezed out of the simplest two-part writing and sustain vibrant musical dialogue throughout. More importantly, both artists manage to encapsulate an amazing variety of moods.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2014 *****

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Brahms: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2 & Clarinet Quintet

Brahms: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2 & Clarinet Quintet


Brahms:

Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

Michael Collins (clarinet)

String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2


The Brodsky Quartet present the first of two discs that will feature Brahms’s complete string quartets. This recording includes the String Quartet Op. 51 No. 2 with the Clarinet Quintet in B minor. The second string quartet was written alongside its contrasting companion, the String Quartet Op. 51 No. 1. They were both finally published in 1873 after being held back for years by a typically self-doubting Brahms until he had brought them to his own standards of perfection. Of the two, the second is warmer, more affirmative and relaxed, with few extremes of tempo or mood. It is a work that often looks backward, incorporating hints of baroque devices in his lyrical writing.

The Clarinet Quintet in B minor was the last expansive piece Brahms wrote, written after his first intended retirement from composition. It was the artistry of clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld that inspired him to return to composition and write his last four chamber works, including the quintet recorded here. It explores an atmosphere of elegy and nostalgia, producing a mood of autumnal resignation. The clarinet is rarely treated as a prima donna soloist, rather it is organically integrated into the work’s closely woven textures. Having performed this work in concert many times, the Brodsky Quartet and Michael Collins come together once again in this recording of the Brahms Quintet.

“Except perhaps for the stately way in which the Clarinet Quintet begins, there are no surprises in these performances. Michael Collins plays with his usual suave assurance, the Brodsky Quartet manage the Quintet and the A minor String Quartet immaculately. What is lacking, though, is any sense of necessity” The Guardian, 6th March 2014 ***

“Perhaps no clarinettist around today is capable of floating a purer, smoother, more beautifully contoured melodic line than Michael Collins, and he is often heard at his best in the four late masterpieces that Brahms dedicated to the artistry of the clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2014 ***

“The Brodskys offer a mellow account of the former and blend well with Collins in the latter – especially the great Adagio, which has a shimmering, ruminative quality.” Financial Times, 5th April 2014 ***

“Both [Collins] and the Brodskys erase all possible strenuousness and poacity (always dangers in such richly contrapuntal writing) with supreme clarity, vigour and refinement. Finely recorded, this is outstanding even by Collins and the Brodsky's standards.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2014

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The Virtuoso Clarinet, Vol. 2

The Virtuoso Clarinet, Vol. 2


Bernstein:

Clarinet Sonata

Debussy:

Rhapsody for clarinet & piano (or orchestra), L. 116 'Première rapsodie'

Martinu:

Sonatina for Clarinet & Piano, H. 356

Milhaud:

Duo Concertante, Op. 351

Muczynski:

Time Pieces, Op. 43

Pierné, G:

Canzonetta, Op. 19

Rabaud:

Solo de concours, Op. 10

Widor:

Introduction et Rondo (op. 72)


Michael Collins (clarinet) & Michael McHale (piano)

Chandos exclusive artist Michael Collins here presents the second volume in his series designed to display the extraordinarily wide range of music written for the clarinet. Volume 1 was BBC Music Magazine Editor’s Choice and received IRR Outstanding from International Record Review, which stated: ‘It is difficult to imagine a finer performance than is given here.’ Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie was written as a test piece for the Paris Conservatoire and contrasts long lyrical lines with capricious acrobatics for the clarinet, being described by the composer as ‘hovering between reverie and scherzo’. Pieces by Rabaud and Widor, also written for the Paris Conservatoire, test the abilities of the player with their exuberant displays of virtuosity. A jazz influence is present in other works on the release. The Clarinet Sonata which Bernstein wrote at the start of his career is a vivid testimony to his early promise and his fascination with jazz. Milhaud’s Duo concertant and Martinů’s Sonatina were composed in 1956 and demonstrate a diversity of influence, both combining folk and jazz elements. Each of the four Time Pieces by Muczynski highlights some specific characteristic of the clarinet in terms of range, technical prowess, tone colour, and expressiveness.

“[The Bernstein is] deliciously played by the Collins-McHale duo...This warmly recorded recital continues the good work established by Collins in the earlier volume.” MusicWeb International, 12th May 2014

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Michael Collins: British Clarinet Sonatas Volume 2

Michael Collins: British Clarinet Sonatas Volume 2


Arnold:

Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 29

Benjamin, A:

Le Tombeau de Ravel

Cooke, A:

Sonata in B flat for clarinet and piano

Gregson, E:

Tributes

Horovitz:

Sonatina for clarinet & piano


Michael Collins (clarinet) & Michael McHale (piano)

This is Volume 2 in the series ‘British Clarinet Sonatas’, in which Michael Collins is joined by the pianist Michael McHale. BBC Music awarded five stars to Volume 1, and wrote: ‘Collin’s clarinet-playing mesmerises the ear: the closing phrase of Stanford’s ‘Caoine’ movement shows what a player in this league can convey in just two quiet notes. Without snatching the limelight, Michael McHale’s accompanying finds a range of keyboard colours in, above all, the works by Ireland and Howells, making their individual sound-worlds seem unexpectedly subtle and rich.’ On this disc the pair turns to works for clarinet and piano by Arthur Benjamin, Edward Gregson, Joseph Horovitz, Sir Malcolm Arnold, and Arnold Cook.

Arthur Benjamin was Australian-born, but lived out much of his life in England. In its melodies, harmonies, and rhythms, his Le Tombeau de Ravel reflects a deep and long-standing admiration for the music of the French composer – the title itself pays tribute to Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin. But whereas Ravel’s Tombeau consists of a prelude and several dances, Benjamin’s is a sequence of ‘Valse-caprices’, which has more in common with a different work by Ravel, the Valses nobles et sentimentales for piano and for orchestra.

Edward Gregson completed his five Tributes in 2010, having started the first of the set some twenty years earlier. Each of the Tributes is written as homage to one of five noted twentieth-century composers who wrote memorably for the clarinet in solo or chamber works. In his own words, Gregson ‘tried to invade the stylistic worlds’ of these composers – namely Poulenc, Finzi, Stravinsky, Messiaen, and Bartók – in much the same way that Arthur Benjamin had channelled Ravel in Le Tombeau de Ravel.

Joseph Horovitz was born in Vienna, but immigrated to England as a boy, and has lived in London for more than seventy years. His output includes operas, ballets, choral works, chamber music, several pieces for brass band, and of course this Sonatina for clarinet and piano, written in 1981 and first performed by Gervase de Peyer and Gwenneth Pryor at the Wigmore Hall, London later that year.

Also on this disc are Sir Malcolm Arnold’s Sonatina for clarinet and piano, written between 1948 and 1951 for the eminent British clarinettist Frederick Thurston, and Arnold Cooke’s Sonata of 1959. Cooke was a student of Paul Hindemith’s in Berlin, and this work is strongly inspired by Hindemith’s trademark compositional use of traditional tonal construction, and clear, cool contrapuntal textures.

“The strongest music on the programme turns out to be the first, where Collins's huge reserves of gorgeous-toned musicianship are rewarded in...Malcolm Arnold's sharp-focus, irreverently brilliant three-movement tour de force...As in Vol. 1 of the series, Collins's lustrous expertise is fully in evidence, as is Michael McHale's top-flight accompanying.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2013 ****

“This is a delightful disc, not just through the warmth and fun of the five works by five composers, but through the magic of the great clarinettist Michael Collins” Gramophone Magazine, June 2013

“Collins and McHale have a special affinity for these attractive British chamber music scores. Collins’ exquisite playing is crisp and evinces sure articulation, refined phrasing and agreeable intonation. McHale is sensitive and supportive. Both players radiate pleasurable music-making.” MusicWeb International, 27th June 2013

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