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Skempton: Bolt from the Blue

Audio Samples

>Skempton, Howard : Starlight, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Swedish Caprice, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Horham, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Lyric Study, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Liebeslied, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Memorial Prelude, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Five Poems of Mary Webb, for chorus
>Skempton, Howard : The Snare, for chorus
>Skempton, Howard : Rose-Berries, for chorus
>Skempton, Howard : The Mold Riots, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Resister, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Emerson Songs, for 2 voices
>Skempton, Howard : Nocturnes, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Leamington Spa, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : The Durham Strike, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Music, for chorus
>Skempton, Howard : Snape Interval, for chorus
>Skempton, Howard : Poems (2) of Edward Thomas, for chorus
>Skempton, Howard : Four by the Clock, for chorus
>Skempton, Howard : Music, when soft voices die, for chorus
>Skempton, Howard : Bolt from the Blue, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Monogram, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Decision Time, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Sweet Chariot, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Well, Well, Cornelius, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven, for chorus

Album Summary

>Skempton, Howard : Starlight, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Swedish Caprice, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Horham, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Lyric Study, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Liebeslied, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Memorial Prelude, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Five Poems of Mary Webb, for chorus
>Skempton, Howard : The Snare, for chorus
>Skempton, Howard : Rose-Berries, for chorus
>Skempton, Howard : The Mold Riots, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Resister, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Emerson Songs, for 2 voices
>Skempton, Howard : Nocturnes, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Leamington Spa, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : The Durham Strike, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Music, for chorus
>Skempton, Howard : Snape Interval, for chorus
>Skempton, Howard : Poems (2) of Edward Thomas, for chorus
>Skempton, Howard : Four by the Clock, for chorus
>Skempton, Howard : Music, when soft voices die, for chorus
>Skempton, Howard : Bolt from the Blue, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Monogram, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Decision Time, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Sweet Chariot, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : Well, Well, Cornelius, for piano
>Skempton, Howard : He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven, for chorus
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Howard Skempton's music strikes a chord with many listeners through its deceptive simplicity, beauty and accessible nature. A student of Cornelius Cardew, Skempton was greatly influenced by Satie, Cage and Feldman. This CD of miniatures intersperses choral works with solo piano pieces.

Notes & Reviews:

REVIEWS:

The Wire (p.56) - "[T]his is music that wears its heart very much on its sleeve....The final setting of Yeat's 'He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven' is simply exquisite."



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Works Details

>Skempton, Howard : Starlight, for piano
  • Performer: Daniel Becker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Skempton, Howard : Swedish Caprice, for piano
  • Performer: Daniel Becker (Piano)
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Skempton, Howard : Horham, for piano
  • Performer: Daniel Becker (Piano)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Skempton, Howard : Lyric Study, for piano
  • Performer: Daniel Becker (Piano)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Skempton, Howard : Liebeslied, for piano
  • Performer: Daniel Becker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Skempton, Howard : Memorial Prelude, for piano
  • Performer: Daniel Becker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Skempton, Howard : Five Poems of Mary Webb, for chorus
  • Running Time: 7 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989

>Skempton, Howard : The Snare, for chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Skempton, Howard : Rose-Berries, for chorus
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Skempton, Howard : The Mold Riots, for piano
  • Performer: Daniel Becker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Skempton, Howard : Resister, for piano
  • Performer: Daniel Becker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Skempton, Howard : Emerson Songs, for 2 voices
  • Performers: Juliet Fraser; Jonathan Saunders (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Skempton, Howard : Nocturnes, for piano
  • Performer: Daniel Becker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Skempton, Howard : Leamington Spa, for piano
  • Performer: Daniel Becker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Skempton, Howard : The Durham Strike, for piano
  • Performer: Daniel Becker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Skempton, Howard : Music, for chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Skempton, Howard : Snape Interval, for chorus
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Skempton, Howard : Poems (2) of Edward Thomas, for chorus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Skempton, Howard : Four by the Clock, for chorus
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Skempton, Howard : Music, when soft voices die, for chorus
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Skempton, Howard : Bolt from the Blue, for piano
  • Performer: Daniel Becker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Skempton, Howard : Monogram, for piano
  • Performer: Daniel Becker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Skempton, Howard : Decision Time, for piano
  • Performer: Daniel Becker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Skempton, Howard : Sweet Chariot, for piano
  • Performer: Daniel Becker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Skempton, Howard : Well, Well, Cornelius, for piano
  • Performer: Daniel Becker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Skempton, Howard : He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven, for chorus
  • Performer: Julia Doyle (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999