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Christopher Ball (b.1936): The Piper of Dreams - Music for Winds incl. Cor Anglais Concerto; Clarinet Quintet; Recorder Concerto; Wind Quintet

Audio Samples

>Ball, Christopher : Concerto for Horn
>Ball, Christopher : Concerto for Clarinet
>Ball, Christopher : Concerto for recorder and strings "The Piper of Dreams"
>Ball, Christopher : Scenes From a Comedy for Wind Quintet
>Ball, Christopher : Caprice on a Baroque Theme, for recorder

Album Summary

>Ball, Christopher : Concerto for Horn
>Ball, Christopher : Concerto for Clarinet
>Ball, Christopher : Concerto for recorder and strings "The Piper of Dreams"
>Ball, Christopher : Scenes From a Comedy for Wind Quintet
>Ball, Christopher : Caprice on a Baroque Theme, for recorder
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Following on the success of MC 143, Christopher Ball's Horn Concerto and Oboe Concerto, Musical Concepts is excited to present this exceptional new album of Christopher Ball's music for winds! Includes several recordings for cor anglais, clarinet, recorder, and wind quintet. Features top English wind performers Paul Arden-Taylor and Leslie Craven, all works are conducted by Ball himself.

Ball's aim is to compose music which will communicate with and appeal to as wide an audience as possible, eschewing atonal or avant-garde style, which makes these works highly listenable and enjoyable to all audiences.

MusicWeb
The Horn Concerto is a winner, very much in the English pastoral tradition... Sheer joy throughout... superbly crafted... beautifully lyrical... highly attractive and entertaining music.

International Record Review
Ball is a versatile and vastly experienced musician who also has a fine understanding of the wind instruments ... no doubting the idiomatic skill of his wind writing.

Classic FM
Hauntingly mellifluous, worthy of the highest praise.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints Church, Weston-super-Mare (1996); St Mary's Church, Adderbury, Oxon. (1996); All Saints Church, Weston-super-Mare (2013); St Mary's Church, Adderbury, Oxon. (2013).



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Works Details

>Ball, Christopher : Concerto for Horn
  • Conductor: Christopher Ball
  • Ensemble: Emerald Concert Orchestra
  • Running Time: 13 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto

>Ball, Christopher : Concerto for Clarinet
  • Performers: David Adams [Violin/Viola] (Viola); Leslie Craven (Clarinet); Lowri Porter (Violin); William Schofield (Cello); Andre Swanepoel (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ball, Christopher : Concerto for recorder and strings "The Piper of Dreams"
  • Performer: Paul Taylor (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Christopher Ball
  • Ensemble: Adderbury Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto

>Ball, Christopher : Scenes From a Comedy for Wind Quintet
  • Performers: Anthony Gladstone (Horn); Leslie Craven (Clarinet); Adrian Brett (Flute); Peter Harrison (Bassoon); Paul Taylor (Oboe); Adrian Brett (Piccolo)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ball, Christopher : Caprice on a Baroque Theme, for recorder
  • Performer: Paul Taylor (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern