Walking in the Air: The Music of Howard Blake | Decca 4786300

Walking in the Air: The Music of Howard Blake

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Label: Decca

Cat No: 4786300

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 3rd March 2014

Contents

Works

Blake, Howard

Dances (9) for 2 pianos, op.217a
Easy Pieces (4), op.1b
Haiku for Yu-Chee
Parting, op.650a
Piano Fantasy, op.1
Piano Pieces (12), op.177
» no.1 Prelude
» no.2 Nocturne
» no.3 Impromptu
» no.4 Toccatina
» no.5 Mazurka
» no.6 Walking Song
» no.7 Chaconne in D Minor
» no.8 Scherzo in D Major
Prelude for Vova, op.640
Romanza, op.5f
Sonata for 2 pianos, op.130
Speech after long silence, op.610
The Changeling, op.274
» Music Box Theme
The Duellists, op.247
» Lara's Theme
Walking in the Air

Artists

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
Vovka Ashkenazy (piano)

Works

Blake, Howard

Dances (9) for 2 pianos, op.217a
Easy Pieces (4), op.1b
Haiku for Yu-Chee
Parting, op.650a
Piano Fantasy, op.1
Piano Pieces (12), op.177
» no.1 Prelude
» no.2 Nocturne
» no.3 Impromptu
» no.4 Toccatina
» no.5 Mazurka
» no.6 Walking Song
» no.7 Chaconne in D Minor
» no.8 Scherzo in D Major
Prelude for Vova, op.640
Romanza, op.5f
Sonata for 2 pianos, op.130
Speech after long silence, op.610
The Changeling, op.274
» Music Box Theme
The Duellists, op.247
» Lara's Theme
Walking in the Air

Artists

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
Vovka Ashkenazy (piano)

About

Vladimir Ashkenazy returns with an unexpected album of compositions by his long-standing friend Howard Blake, best known for the Christmas favourite Walking In The Air.

Walking in the Air, which Ashkenazy has chosen as the title track of the disc, is arranged here for solo piano (and available as an e-single). The song was composed by Blake as the centrepiece of his score for the children’s classic animated film 'The Snowman', and exemplifies the composer’s warmly accessible style.

Ashkenazy performs no fewer than nine world premiere recordings from Blake’s repertoire, and the album features music from Blake’s other film scores, including Ridley Scott’s ‘The Duellists’ and horror classic ‘The Changeling’ and the Prelude for Vova Op.640, written after Ashkenazy asked Blake to “make a piece out of my initials A.S.H. – like Liszt did with B.A.C.H.”

Howard Blake’s illustrious career has spanned over 50 years in which he has composed more than 650 works, both classical and popular. He has written scores for numerous films, beginning in the 1970s, but it was in 1982, with his orchestral score for 'The Snowman' that Blake achieved widespread acclaim. While he is best known for the Christmas classic, he has written a wide range of music, including a piano concerto for the 30th birthday of Princess Diana.

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