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BLAKE, H.: Violin Sonata / Piano Quartet / Penillion / Jazz Dances (Mitchell, Rothstein, Essex, Willison, Blake)

Composer(s)Blake, Howard
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.572083
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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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’.

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BLAKE, H.: Violin Sonata / Piano Quartet / Penillion / Jazz Dances (Mitchell, Rothstein, Essex, Willison, Blake) 1:14:13   
  Violin Sonata, Op. 586 (2007 version of Op. 169)          
      I. Allegro 7:30       
      II. Lento 7:07       
      III. Presto 9:05       
  Penillion, Op. 571          
      Theme: Moderato 1:44       
      Variation 1: Vivo 0:36       
      Variation 2: L'istesso tempo 0:37       
      Variation 3: Meno mosso (ritmico) 1:01       
      Variation 4: Allegro 0:56       
      Variation 5: Lento (misterioso) 1:16       
      Variation 6: Moderato (grazioso) 1:44       
      Theme: Tempo primo (tranquillo) 1:36       
  Piano Quartet, Op. 179          
      I. Allegro 7:21       
      II. Scherzo: Presto 5:26       
      III. Lento 7:38       
      IV. Allegro ritmico 6:48       
  Jazz Dances, Op. 520a          
      No. 1. Parade: Allegro molto ritmico 1:05       
      No. 2. Slow Ragtime: Larghetto 1:25       
      No. 3. Jump: Molto animato 0:59       
      No. 4. Medium Rock: Tempo giusto 1:55       
      No. 5. Folk Ballad: Lento 2:09       
      No. 6. Boogie: Presto 1:05       
      No. 7. Jazz Waltz: Allegretto triste 2:10       
      No. 8. Cha-cha: Moderato 1:49       
      No. 9. Galop: Presto 1:11       
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