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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 premi?¿re 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"
Item number 8572083
Barcode 747313208371
Release date 27/10/2008
Label Naxos Records
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Artists Kenneth Essex
Madeleine Mitchell
Composers Howard Blake
Conductors Jack Rothstein
Disc: 1
Jazz Dances, Op. 520a
1 I. Allegro
2 II. Lento
3 III. Presto
4 Theme: Moderato
5 Variation 1: Vivo
6 Variation 2: L'istesso tempo
7 Variation 3: Meno mosso (ritmico)
8 Variation 4: Allegro
9 Variation 5: Lento (misterioso)
10 Variation 6: Moderato (grazioso)
11 Theme: Tempo primo (tranquillo)
12 I. Allegro
13 II. Scherzo: Presto
14 III. Lento
15 IV. Allegro ritmico
16 No. 1. Parade: Allegro molto ritmico
17 No. 2. Slow Ragtime: Larghetto
18 No. 3. Jump: Molto animato
19 No. 4. Medium Rock: Tempo giusto
20 No. 5. Folk Ballad: Lento
21 No. 6. Boogie: Presto
22 No. 7. Jazz Waltz: Allegretto triste
23 No. 8. Cha-cha: Moderato
24 No. 9. Galop: Presto
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