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BLAKE, H.: Violin Sonata / Piano Quartet / Penillion / Jazz Dances (Mitchell, Rothstein, Essex, Willison, Blake)


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BLAKE, H.: Violin Sonata / Piano Quartet / Penillion / Jazz Dances (Mitchell, Rothstein, Essex, Willison, Blake)

In addition to his distinguished career as a pianist and conductor, Howard Blake is a popular and prolific composer who has received an OBE for services to music. Besides film scores (which include the extraordinarily successful and popular The Snowman), choral, orchestral and instrumental works, ballets and opera, his output includes much chamber music. This disc presents world première recordings of four important works; the virtuosic Violin Sonata, the hauntingly beautiful Penillion, the sunshine-filled Piano Quartet with its touching slow movement, and the Jazz Dances, which, in the composer’s words, ‘pay mischievous but affectionate homage to the rhythmic intricacies of popular dance forms’.

Blake, Howard

  Violin Sonata, Op. 586 (2007 version of Op. 169)
1.   I. Allegro 00:07:30
2.   II. Lento 00:07:07
3.   III. Presto 00:09:05
  Penillion, Op. 571
4.   Theme: Moderato 00:01:44
5.   Variation 1: Vivo 00:00:36
6.   Variation 2: L'istesso tempo 00:00:37
7.   Variation 3: Meno mosso (ritmico) 00:01:01
8.   Variation 4: Allegro 00:00:56
9.   Variation 5: Lento (misterioso) 00:01:16
10.   Variation 6: Moderato (grazioso) 00:01:44
11.   Theme: Tempo primo (tranquillo) 00:01:36
  Piano Quartet, Op. 179
12.   I. Allegro 00:07:21
13.   II. Scherzo: Presto 00:05:26
14.   III. Lento 00:07:38
15.   IV. Allegro ritmico 00:06:48
  Jazz Dances, Op. 520a
16.   No. 1. Parade: Allegro molto ritmico 00:01:05
17.   No. 2. Slow Ragtime: Larghetto 00:01:25
18.   No. 3. Jump: Molto animato 00:00:59
19.   No. 4. Medium Rock: Tempo giusto 00:01:55
20.   No. 5. Folk Ballad: Lento 00:02:09
21.   No. 6. Boogie: Presto 00:01:05
22.   No. 7. Jazz Waltz: Allegretto triste 00:02:10
23.   No. 8. Cha - cha: Moderato 00:01:49
24.   No. 9. Galop: Presto 00:01:11

Total Playing Time: 01:14:13

Blake, Howard

Blake, Howard; Essex, Kenneth; Mitchell, Madeleine; Rothstein, Jack; Willison, Peter

Label: Naxos

Genre: Chamber Music

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.572083

Barcode: 0747313208371

Physical Release: 11/2008

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