Recordings of The Snowman & Walking In The Air

Recordings of "The Snowman", "Walking in The Air" and other works by Howard Blake are available from Amazon.



THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra op.323 (October 1983) Audio sample available
A concert work based on the score for the animated film with narration written by Howard Blake (based on the picture-book by Raymond Briggs and with his permission)

CD Sony BMG (Columbia) CDX 71116 (complete CD of The Snowman, first with narration by Bernard Cribbins second without narration).

Available from from Amazon and other retailers. 

The 1985 Aled Jones cover version of "Walking In The Air" is available from EMI. 

Many other cover versions available - see The Snowman site 

1.'THE SNOWMAN' (1983), THE COMPLETE MUSIC SOUNDTRACK OF THE ANIMATED FILM WITH ADDED NARRATION SPOKEN BY BERNARD CRIBBINS, 'WALKING ON THE AIR' SUNG BY TREBLE, PETER AUTY, WITH THE SINFONIA OF LONDON CONDUCTED BY THE COMPOSER, HOWARD BLAKE ON COLUMBIA CDX 71116, 'SIDE A' WITH NARRATOR, 'SIDE B' MUSIC ONLY.  AVAILABLE FROM SONY CLASSICS AND AMAZON

2. 'THE SNOWMAN' (2008) WORDS AND MUSIC BY HOWARD BLAKE; PRODUCED BY HOWARD BLAKE, NARRATED BY JAMES NESBITT, TREBLE, PETER AUTY, THE SINFONIA OF LONDON CONDUCTED BY THE COMPOSER, SONY/BMG 86972 02502COLUMBIA, 'SIDE A' WITH NARRATOR, 'SIDE B' MUSIC ONLY.  AVAILABLE ON SONY CLASSICS AND AMAZON

 

THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (TWELVE-PLAYER VERSION) op.459 (September 1993) Audio sample available
A full-evening theatre show in two acts, based on the book by Raymond Briggs, the film by TVC and incorporating the music of the ballet (arranged here for 12 instruments)

DVD of complete show made in 1998 beautifully shot with Kasper Cornish, Monica Zamoura (by permission of The Birmingham Royal Ballet), Drew McConie, treble Thomas Gubbins (by permission of Winchester Cathedral), produced by Neil Mundy, directed by Thomas Grimm. 'The Snowman Stage Show', Reiner Moritz Associates, 1998 Contender-RGN2 Europe CTD 10125. Also CD RMA001

The Snowman Piano Score , Treble and Narrator op.323a (November 1983)
The complete concert work based on the animated film, arranged for narrator, boy soprano and piano by the composer
see op.323 for recording details and audio excerpts.
LE BONHOMME DE NEIGE (for narrator , treble and orchestra) op.342 (January 1985)
A French version of 'The Snowman'
Orchestra Symphonique de la Monnaie conducted by Dirk Boiy, narrator Olivier Gourmet, for release November 2006
SNOWMAN SUITE (for string quartet) op.457 (August 1993) Audio sample available
Concert suite in one movement

1. George Martin Presents The Medici Quartet CFMCD 5 Classic FM

2. Pavao String Quartet, A Christmas Collection 2007 

SUITE FROM THE BALLET 'THE SNOWMAN' (FOR SATB CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA) op.575 (November 2009)
Concert work for SATB and orchestra (optional solo treble in Walking in the Air) in 6 movements

The original album of The Snowman with Bernard Cribbins as narrator (26') is available on CBS Masterworks(Sony)71116.

DVD and CD versions of much of this material was made available by Reiner Moritz Associates 1998.

Sony Entertainments release of a DVD of The Snowman Stage Show complete for Christmas 2010

The Land Of Counterpane (Film Script) op.451A (July 1994)
A script created for an animated film of the song-cycle (op. 451)
A CD is available from Highbridge Music recorded by Mary Erskine School Choir with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by the composer.
THE SNOWMAN (animated children's film) op.310 (September 1982)
Channel 4 animated film directed by Diane Jackson, wordless except for the featured song, 'Walking in the Air', music and lyrics by Howard Blake who also composed, orchestrated and conducted the score. Oscar nomination, best short film; BAFTA best children's programme; Bafta TV nomination - best graphics; Grand Prix Tampere International Short Film Festival etc
Video of the film DVD Universal 902 030 2 11, DVD Columbia Tristar Home Video from Amazon
THE SNOWMAN - FILM OF THE LIVE STAGE SHOW op.628 (November 2010)
DVD VIDEO FILM with additional narration spoken by Joanna Lumley. Made for Sony Music Entertainment UK. Executive producers Stuart Rogers and Howard Blake
DVD VIDEO narrated by Joanna Lumley VFD48159 2010 Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd CDR 81267. from Amazon and all retailers
THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (BALLET IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION) op.522 (December 2000)
The definitive stage version of The Snowman as produced at The Peacock Theatre, London 2000-2008 by Sadler's Wells/Birmingham Rep, based on the book by Raymond Briggs and the Channel 4 animated film (arranged for 5 instruments)
Complete study DVD available from Birmingham Rep
WALKING IN THE AIR (a duet version for treble, tenor & orchestra) op.576 (August 2006)
A new version of the song from The Snowman composed for Aled Jones

YOU RAISE ME UP, THE BEST OF ALED JONES. Track 4 of 'YOU RAISE ME UP' by Aled Jones UCJ (Universal Classics and Jazz) also featuring Hayley Westenra and Bryn Terfel

WWW.CLASSICSANDJAZZ.CO.UK 28947 65721

Walking in the Air (extract Lifecycle) op.489u (1996)

1. Recorded by William Chen as one of the items on 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics. Available from Amazon

2. Recorded as one of the works on the album 'WALKING IN THE AIR - THE MUSIC OF HOWARD BLAKE' performed by VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY and released on March 3rd 2014 on Decca Classics 478 6300 www.deccaclassics.com  www,vladimirashkenazy.com

Walking In The Air - Instrumental Versions op.364b (1986)
An arrangement of the theme song from The Snowman for organ
CD recording by Robert Gower 1986
WALKING IN THE AIR for string quartet op.615 (August 2010)
A version of the Snowman song for string quartet, extracted from the Suite for String Quartet
Naxos release June 27 2011 Edinburgh Quartet
We're Walking In The Air op.343 (January 1985)
A version for a cappella voices
CD THE KING' SINGERS

Cover Versions of "Walking In The Air"

There have been many cover recordings of Walking In The Air from 1983 onwards including:

Ambra (Avenue Music Germany)
Avalanche (Walking in the Air) 1992
Chloe - Celtic Woman (Walking in the Air) Manhattan Records 2003
Christmas Rapping (UK 1994)
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Telarc digital) 1993
Cliff Richard (Cliff at Christmas, EMI) 2003
DJ Killer (Natural Breaks)  
Digital Dream Baby (Sony  Music)
Elaine Page (Christmas album) 1985
George Martin (Presents The Medici Quartet) 1995
George Winston ( The Snowman, Walking in the Air) 1992
Goldie Lookin' Chain (2005)
Gottinger Symphonie (Der Schneemann, Deltaphon) 1986
Hayley Westenra (Walking in the Air, album) 2000
Joseph McManners -In Dreams-Sony/BMG 2005
Kenny Rogers (Walking in the Air) 1999
Kenneth Smith (Walking in the Air) 1992
King's Singers (Kid's Stuff, EMI) 1988
Nightwish (Over the hills and far away)
Placido Domingo and Riccardo Cocciante (Christmas in Vienna) 2000
Rainbow/ Ritchie Blackmore (Bent Out of Shape) 1983
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Tring Music School (Hybrid) 1995
Shadows (Simply Shadows) 1987
Spoonbender 'TBA' (EMI Records) 2005
Tangerine Dream (The Keep) 1983  
'Ten' (a film by Kiorostami) 2002
The Choirboys 2005
William Chen ('Walking in the Air' from 'Lifecycle' ABC Classics) 2003


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