Travelling Light...: The Music of Jim Park | Divine Art DDA25146

Travelling Light...: The Music of Jim Park

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Label: Divine Art

Cat No: DDA25146

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 13th April 2017

Contents

Artists

John Turner (recorders)
Anna Christensen (harp)
Alex Jones (double bass)
Richard Simpson (oboe)
Janet Simpson (piano)
The Solem Quartet

Works

Parker, Jim

A South American Journey
Bonjour M. Grappelli
Diversions (3)
Hoofers

Artists

John Turner (recorders)
Anna Christensen (harp)
Alex Jones (double bass)
Richard Simpson (oboe)
Janet Simpson (piano)
The Solem Quartet

About

Perhaps the name of Jim Parker is not well known – but his music is loved worldwide. Composer of numerous film and theatre scores, he is best known for his television music which includes Foyle’s War, House of Cards, Midsomer Murders and House of Elliott among many more. He has won the British Academy Award for Best TV Music on no less than four occasions.

This brilliant album collects a number of Parker’s recent compositions which are not directly for TV but still have a marvelous pictorial quality and display his remarkable talent for memorable melodies and coloration, whether it be the recorder acting like a Peruvian pipe, or violins emulating the hurdy-gurdy.

Light music albums of this quality are very rare these days and this is a joyful gem. The first three suites are scored for string quartet (some with recorder, harp and bass); Hoofers (named for stage dancers) is a suite for oboe and piano of individual pieces: ‘The Flying Scotsman’, ‘The Lonely Ballerina’, ‘Banjolele’, and ‘Hoofers’.

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