Pipings and Bowings

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Catalogue No: MSV 28522
EAN/UPC: 809730852220
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Release Date: September 2011
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Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 73:09
Sample: 'Dance' from Three-Piece Suite by Michael Hurd

An exquisite programme of modern chamber music which succeeds in being both thoroughly modern and individual whilst also maintaining traditional tonality and lyrical qualities. All of these works are recorded here for the first time and are without exception minor masterpieces of the genre. This is the second in Metier’s new lyrical chamber music series, following MSV28520.

Performed by John Turner (recorder), Richard Howarth (violin), Peter Lawson (piano) and the Manchester Chamber Ensemble

Track Listing

    Michael Hurd:

  1. Sonata for Violin and Piano – I. Moderato (3:39)
  2. Sonata for Violin and Piano – II. Adagio, flessibile (1:55)
  3. Sonata for Violin and Piano – III. Andante con moto (7:49)
  4. Five Preludes for Piano – No. 1 Andante flessibile (1:13)
  5. Five Preludes for Piano – No. 2 Allegro moderato (1:19)
  6. Five Preludes for Piano – No. 3 Moderato con moto (0:51)
  7. Five Preludes for Piano – No. 4 Adagio tranquillo (3:08)
  8. Five Preludes for Piano – No. 5 Andante leggiero (0:41)
  9. Sonatina for Recorder and Piano – I. Allegro, molto moderato (3:33)
  10. Sonatina for Recorder and Piano – II. Largo e tranquillo (2:08)
  11. Sonatina for Recorder and Piano – III. Allegro giocoso (2:12)
  12. Three Piece-Suite for Recorder and String Quartet – I. Introduction (1:14)
  13. Three Piece-Suite for Recorder and String Quartet – II. Song (1:48)
  14. Three Piece-Suite for Recorder and String Quartet – III. Dance(1:37)
  15. Robin Milford:

  16. Prelude for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 92 (3:39)
  17. Three Airs for Recorder and piano, Op. 109 – I. Andanatino (1:38)
  18. Three Airs for Recorder and piano, Op. 109 – II. Andante (1:37)
  19. Three Airs for Recorder and piano, Op. 109 – III. Allegro moderato (1:28)
  20. Fantasia in B minor for String Quartet, Op. 74 (7:13)
  21. Sonatina in F major for Recorder and Piano, Op. 107 – I. Moderato (1:39)
  22. Sonatina in F major for Recorder and Piano, Op. 107 – II. Andante (2:00)
  23. Sonatina in F major for Recorder and Piano, Op. 107 – III. Vivo no troppo (2:14)
  24. Christmas Pastoral, Op. 111 (2:02)

Reviews

Classical Music

Three English composers who were unfashionably lyrical last century delight us now.

” —Phillip Sommerich
Music & Vision

The [performers’] varied ensemble is typified by a pleasing, measured equanimity and innate sense of proportion: an ideal approach in music of pastoral character. Throughout the disc there’s balm to spare; truly a panacea for the stressed or troubled in spirit.

” —Howard Smith
Gramophone

[Hurd]’s music is markedly more tuneful than that of his mentor Michael Berkeley. The immediate attractiveness of most of [Milford’s] works bear out their aptness for children. [Blackford’s] Concerto has a mysterious slow movement leading to a dazzling finale full of virtuosos fireworks. Performances are first-rate from the soloists, notably the recorder player John Turner.

” —Edward Greenfield
The Delian

The [Hurd] Violin Sonata is lyrical all right and gets a lovely reading with good, clean sound. John Turner gives a stunning virtuoso performance [of the works for recorder]. Delightful. Highly recommended.

” —Harold J. Diamond
Fanfare

Every work here is a charming listen, with Hurd’s Sonatina and Blackford’s Concerto being especially worth hearing. All performers are excellent: poised, colorful and responsive to each other, with special praise going to Richard Howarth. A fine, melodic way to spend 73 minutes. Take the plunge.

” —Barnaby Rayfield
MusicWeb

Michael Hurd’s chamber music is very approachable indeed. The [Milford works are] expressive, highly attractive. [Blackford’s] Concerto is a buoyant, uplifting experience. The recordings and performances are excellent. Those fond of the pastoral-dance-baroque patterns in British music will enjoy this selection.

” —Jonathan Woolf
American Record Guide

The music is interesting … rather sunny 20th Century British music. [Dick Blackford’s] Recorder Concerto is a lovely and lively piece.

” —Fine