The Whistling Book: English Music for Recorder and Piano | Divine Art DDA21241

The Whistling Book: English Music for Recorder and Piano


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Label: Divine Art

Cat No: DDA21241

Barcode: 0809730124129

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 11th November 2022



This album derives from a 1998 release from Forsyth Brothers (Manchester) featuring works published in their Recorder Catalogue. It was then called ‘John and Peter’s Whistling Book’. For this new version, remastered in 2022, several extra tracks have been added. The album features the recorder at its most scintillatingly bright – most of the music here, though very recent, is melodic, tuneful, often in dance form, and witty – for example Bullard’s suite inspired by favourite foods from around the world. Two small forays into modernism are provided by superb pieces by Richard Whalley and Kevin Malone.

John Turner is one of the world’s most respected and skilful recorderists, with a long history of recordings, publications and premieres, including regular appearances with the Academy of Ancient Music, the Early Music Consort with David Munrow, English Chamber Orchestra and Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Peter Lawson has also enjoyed a long and illustrious career; he taught at Chetham’s School of Music for almost 40 years and has a large and impressive discography to his name.

John Turner features on 25 other albums from Divine Art and Métier, and Peter Lawson on 6.

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