Blake - Music for Piano and Strings | Naxos 8572083

Blake - Music for Piano and Strings

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8572083

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 27th October 2008

Penguin Guide 4 stars

Contents

Artists

Madeleine Mitchell (violin)
Howard Blake (piano)
Jack Rothstein (violin)
Kenneth Essex (viola)
Peter Willison (cello)

Works

Blake, Howard

Jazz Dances, op.520a
Penillion, op.571
Piano Quartet, op.179
Violin Sonata, op.586

Artists

Madeleine Mitchell (violin)
Howard Blake (piano)
Jack Rothstein (violin)
Kenneth Essex (viola)
Peter Willison (cello)

About

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’.

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