Howard Blake: Violin Sonata; Piano Quartet

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
British composer Howard Blake is known in his native country for film scores, including that for the short animated feature The Snowman 1982. Even by that time, however, he had begun to cut back on writing film and television music in favor of concert pieces at a time hardly congenial for his conservative style. An intriguing feature of the chamber music presented here is that three of the four works are revised versions of works written in the mid-'70s; the fourth dates from 1974 and is presented in a recording made in that year. That recording sounds sonically out of place, but this little-known music -- all the pieces are world premieres -- is a nice find. Blake can ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
British composer Howard Blake is known in his native country for film scores, including that for the short animated feature The Snowman 1982. Even by that time, however, he had begun to cut back on writing film and television music in favor of concert pieces at a time hardly congenial for his conservative style. An intriguing feature of the chamber music presented here is that three of the four works are revised versions of works written in the mid-'70s; the fourth dates from 1974 and is presented in a recording made in that year. That recording sounds sonically out of place, but this little-known music -- all the pieces are world premieres -- is a nice find. Blake can certainly be classed with the neo-Romantics. Reportedly he was initially surprised to be compared with Dvorák, but here, in his own booklet notes, he quotes a critic who makes the comparison. Like that of his model, Blake's version of Romanticism avoids sentimentality and heavily relies on rhythmic interest. Blake excels in short forms. The "Penillion for violin and piano, Op. 571," is a startlingly concise variation set a penillion is a Welsh oral tradition of improvised verses, and perhaps the highlight of the whole disc is the group of "Jazz Dances for violin and piano, Op. 520a." Originally written for two pianos and arriving in the current version via one for cello, these dances are not jazz in the Gershwin sense, but subtle rhythmic tweaks of popular rhythms that go beyond jazz to tango "Slow Ragtime," track 17 and even medium rock, which makes something consistently absorbing out of the simplest of rhythms. The larger works are closer to the Dvorák models, with vigorous dance themes overlaid with hints of chromaticism. A pleasing group of works for those who enjoy the new Romantic sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313208371
  • Catalog Number: 8572083
  • Sales rank: 219,324

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Violin Sonata, Op. 586 - Howard Blake & Howard Blake (23:42)
  2. 4–11 Penillion, for violin & piano, Op. 571 - Howard Blake & Howard Blake (9:31)
  3. 12–15 Piano Quartet, Op. 179 - Howard Blake & Howard Blake (27:14)
  4. 16–24 Jazz Dances, for violin & piano, Op. 520a - Howard Blake & Howard Blake (13:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Madeleine Mitchell Primary Artist
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