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1.CD THEA KING /English chamber orchestra/Conducted by HOWARD BLAKE/HYPERION A66215 1985
2. CD Thea King/ECO/'My England' compilation of the above on Resonance CDRSB505
3. CD ANDREW MARRINER (giving the first performance of the concerto with the composer's revised version of the clarinet part for the first movement) /ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS/conducted by SIR NEVILLE MARRINER/TITLE OF ALBUM 'THE BARBER OF NEVILLE' PENTATONE CLASSICS SUPER AUDIO CD HYBRID MULTICHANNEL PTC 5186 506 2013 www.pentatonemusic.com
|1st March 2015||Sir Neville Marriner,conductor,The Orchestra of the Academy of St.Martin in the Fields,soloists: Gustavo Nunez, Jaime Martin and Andrew Marriner. Wind Octet for soloists within the orchestra: David Theodore, Rachel Ingleton (oboes); Timothy Lines, Katie Lockhart (clarinets); Graham Sheen, Gavin McNaughton (bassoons); Stephen Stirling, Susan Dent (horns). Released on Pentatone Classics/Hybrid Multichannel
PTC 5186 506 Super Audio CD Global distribution by Naxos, Recorded at St John's Smith Square, London
THE BARBER OF NEVILLE ON PENTATONE
Released September 23rd 2013 by Pentatone Classics/hybrid multichannel/super audio. Link: http://onebitaudio/?cat=44
Recordings took place September 24-26 2012 in St. John's Smith Square with the Orchestra of The Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields. Clarinet Concerto perf. by Andrew Marriner with revisions previously unincorporated; Bassoon Concerto perf. by Gustavo Nunez (principal Concertgebouw Amsterdam); Flute Concerto perf. by Jaime Martin; Serenade for Wind Octet perf. by soloists from the orchestra. Music producer Andrew Keener, location sound engineering Erdo Groot and Roger de Schot from Polyhymnia, supervising producer Job Maarse for Pentatone. Editing Baarn Studios Netherlands.
|26th March 1994||Michael Collins, Jonathan Butcher, Surrey Philharmonic, Dorking Halls|
|20th May 1990||Emma Johnson, Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra, Brighton Festival|
|1st June 1988||Angela Malsbury, London Mozart Players conducted by Howard Shelley, Corn Exchange Cambridge|
|10th March 1987||Pascual Y Martinez, City of Palma Symphony Orchestra, Palma Auditorium|
|December 1985||Thea King, The English Chamber Orchestra, Valencia, Spain|
Howard Blake is a versatile composer who may be better known for his marvellous film scores The Snowman and Granpa in which his gifts for colourful orchestration and memorable tunes are clearly evident. He nevertheless also composed a good deal of concert works including the superb choral-orchestral Benedictus and several concertos. Though the intent is overtly more serious, the music of the Clarinet Concerto of 1984 is still memorably tuneful, superbly scored and quite attractive. The Clarinet Concerto is in every respect a fine work that deserves wider currency, and Thea King’s advocacy should earn this fine piece many new friends, hopefully among clarinettists.
Hubert Culot, Helios, 9/2/2007
... I liked its easy lyricism and its flow of self-motivating rhythmic figures strung across insistent tonal pedal notes or ostinati in the lower strings.
Michael John White, The Guardian, 1/6/1988
Hyperion disk CDA 66215
....Howard Blake turns his unostentatious lyrical invention to the concert hall and produces a comparitively slight but endearing Clarinet Concerto which is played here with great sympathy by Thea King who commissioned the work. With its neo-classical feeling, it is improvisatory and reflective in its basic style, but produces plenty of energy in the finale with its whiff of Walton...it is extremely vividly recorded on CD- there is almost a sense of over-presence; the state-of-the-art chrome cassette however seems ideal in all respects.
Edwar Greenfield, The New Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & cassettes, 1/4/1988