Howard Blake - Music for Piano and Strings

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Howard Blake - Music for Piano and Strings



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27th Oct 2008




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Howard Blake - Music for Piano and Strings

World Première Recordings

Blake, H:

Violin Sonata, Op. 586

Madeleine Mitchell (violin) & Howard Blake (piano)

Penillion for violin and piano, Op. 571

Madeleine Mitchell (violin) & Howard Blake (piano)

Piano Quartet, Op. 179

Howard Blake, (piano), Jack Rothstein (violin), Kenneth Essex, (viola) & Peter Willison (cello)

Jazz Dances for violin and piano, Op. 520a

Madeleine Mitchell (violin) & Howard Blake (piano)


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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’.

“Howard Blake is a versatile composer who may be better known for his marvellous film scores The Snowman and Granpa in which his gifts for colourful orchestration and memorable tunes are clearly evident. He nevertheless also composed a good deal of concert works including the superb choral-orchestral Benedictus and several concertos.” Helios

Howard Blake: Violin Sonata, Op. 586 (2007 version of Op. 169)

I. Allegro

II. Lento

III. Presto

Howard Blake: Penillion, Op. 571

Theme: Moderato

Variation 1: Vivo

Variation 2: L'istesso tempo

Variation 3: Meno mosso (ritmico)

Variation 4: Allegro

Variation 5: Lento (misterioso)

Variation 6: Moderato (grazioso)

Theme: Tempo primo (tranquillo)

Howard Blake: Piano Quartet, Op. 179

I. Allegro

II. Scherzo: Presto

III. Lento

IV. Allegro ritmico

Howard Blake: Jazz Dances, Op. 520a

No. 1. Parade: Allegro molto ritmico

No. 2. Slow Ragtime: Larghetto

No. 3. Jump: Molto animato

No. 4. Medium Rock: Tempo giusto

No. 5. Folk Ballad: Lento

No. 6. Boogie: Presto

No. 7. Jazz Waltz: Allegretto triste

No. 8. Cha-cha: Moderato

No. 9. Galop: Presto

Classic FM Magazine

“This world-premiere recording of four chamber masterworks, overflowing with beguiling melodies and catchy rhythms, should win Blake many new admirers”

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