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The Barber of Neville: Wind Concertos by Howard Blake / Marriner, ASMF

Audio Samples

>Blake, Howard : Flute Quintet, Op. 493
>Blake, Howard : Concerto for clarinet
>Blake, Howard : Concerto for bassoon & string orchestra, Op. 607
>Blake, Howard : Serenade for wind octet, Op. 419

Album Summary

>Blake, Howard : Flute Quintet, Op. 493
>Blake, Howard : Concerto for clarinet
>Blake, Howard : Concerto for bassoon & string orchestra, Op. 607
>Blake, Howard : Serenade for wind octet, Op. 419
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Howard Blake, a living composer best known for his film scores (a.o. Snowman), presents his new classical compositions, all world premiere recordings. Sir Neville Marriner conducts.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
This orchestra's principal flute, Jaime Martin, a native of Spain who is also the principal flute of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, is the soloist in the compact and highly lyrical four-movement Flute Concerto (1996). Andrew Marriner, son of Neville and longtime principal clarinet of the London Symphony, is the soloist in the intense full-length Clarinet Concerto (1984), written for and premiered by the late Thea King. Concertgebouw Orchestra principal bassoon Gustavo Nunez, a native of Uruguay, is the soloist in the brief yet vigorous Bassoon Concerto (1971). Blake's pastoral neo-romanticism, his music is sincere and engaging, and he mesmerizes regardless of form and scope. These concertos are excellent works in both the orchestral and solo wind literature, and the Serenade should be a chamber music staple. Good performances are paramount for any composer, and as expected, these are at the highest level. The soloists play with authority and conviction. Martin boasts a rich and vibrant tone; Nunez has charming phrasing and resonance; and Andrew Marriner renders his British clarinet dialect with model clarity and elegance. The St Martin strings show their prowess in the demanding concertos, and the St Martin winds are just as virtuosic in the delightful Serenade.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. John Smith Square, London, UK (09/2012).



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Works Details

>Blake, Howard : Flute Quintet, Op. 493
  • Performers: Stephen Stirling (Horn); Rachel Ingleton (Oboe); Gavin McNaughton (Bassoon); Graham Sheen (Bassoon); Susan Dent (Horn); Katie Lockhart (Clarinet); Jaime Martin (Flute); Timothy Lines (Clarinet); David Theodore (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 17 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Blake, Howard : Concerto for clarinet
  • Performers: Stephen Stirling (Horn); Rachel Ingleton (Oboe); Gavin McNaughton (Bassoon); Graham Sheen (Bassoon); Andrew Marriner (Clarinet); Susan Dent (Horn); Katie Lockhart (Clarinet); Timothy Lines (Clarinet); David Theodore (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 21 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Blake, Howard : Concerto for bassoon & string orchestra, Op. 607
  • Performers: Katie Lockhart (Clarinet); Stephen Stirling (Horn); Rachel Ingleton (Oboe); Gavin McNaughton (Bassoon); Graham Sheen (Bassoon); Susan Dent (Horn); Gustavo Nunez (Bassoon); Timothy Lines (Clarinet); David Theodore (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 15 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1971

>Blake, Howard : Serenade for wind octet, Op. 419
  • Performers: Stephen Stirling (Horn); Rachel Ingleton (Oboe); Gavin McNaughton (Bassoon); Graham Sheen (Bassoon); Susan Dent (Horn); Katie Lockhart (Clarinet); Timothy Lines (Clarinet); David Theodore (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Members of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  • Running Time: 13 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990