Mind Music

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Catalogue No: DDA 25138
EAN/UPC: 809730513824
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Release Date: April 2017
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Discs: 2
Parkinson's UK

Proceeds from the sale of this CD are in aid of Parkinson’s UK

An Album for Charitable Support

Degenerative brain diseases (Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s in particular) cause immense distress to sufferers and their families. This album is released to raise funds for research into cures, through Parkinsons UK. Both the soloists lost parents to these diseases hence their wish to support the research. They have chosen works by composers all of whom were similarly afflicted – either in themselves or their close families. Mendelssohn died at a very young age due to degenerative disease, Strauss wrote his work during a period of severe influenza and depression, and Kevin Malone and John Adams struggled to cope when their fathers both succumbed to Alzheimers.

The works here are serious, often poignant, but also humorous and full of hope. A delightful performance by the two clarinet soloists is bolstered by the excellent Northern Chamber Orchestra.

Track Listing

    Felix Mendelssohn: Concertstück No. 1 in F major, OP. 113

  1. I. Allegro con fuoco (2:37)
  2. II. Andante (3:20)
  3. III. Presto (2:44)
  4. Richard Strauss: Sonatina No. 1 for Wind Instruments in F major (“From an Invalid’s Workshop”)

  5. I. Allegro moderato (13:09)
  6. II. Andante – Tempo di minuetto (10:17)
  7. III. Molto allegro-meno mosso-tempo primo-presto (15:15)
  8. John Adams: Gnarly Buttons

  9. I. The Perilous Shore (10:22)
  10. II. Hoe-Down (6:23)
  11. III. Put your loving arms around me (10:13)
  12. Kevin Malone

  13. The Last Memory (13:58)

Reviews

MusicWeb International

This is much more than a merely worthy addition to the recorded repertoire. It is a fine collection of works, admirably performed, and of pieces imaginatively chosen and too rarely performed. Performances throughout impress. Stephen Barlow and the Northern Chamber Orchestra are on excellent form (Lynsey Marsh directs for just the Mendelssohn) and the collection will give enormous pleasure.

” —Michael Wilkinson
The Whole Note

Mind Music began as a fundraiser for Parkinson’s UK. Yet these readings of clarinet music are upbeat… wonderfully rich, well-tuned sound. Marsh and Jordan meld the solo instruments with orchestra into a cheerful, satisfying whole.

” —Roger Knox
The Chronicle

It’s a game of two halves in this approachable programme. The two halves are because CD1 is more traditional, CD2 modern — living composers — but the two go together well and the works are serious but also humorous. It’s all in a good cause — profits go to Parkinson’s UK.

” —Jeremy Condliffe
Pizzicato

Friends of music for woodwinds will be 100% satisfied. These recordings with the ‘Northern Chamber Orchestra’ under Stephen Barlow seem to us to be particularly interesting musically. They radiate a great deal of temperament and agility.

” —Remy Franck