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The Barber of Neville: Howard Blake: Wind Concertos

Jaime Martin, Andrew Marriner, Gustavo Núñez, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner

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"... a delight from start to finish. The three wind concertos by Blake all make for highly enjoyable listening while the Serenade for Wind Octet is equally attractive and no mere filler."
- MusicWeb International

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Flute Concerto, Op. 493a  
1
I. Allegro cantando
Howard Blake; Jaime Martin; Andrew Marriner; Gustavo Núñez; Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Neville Marriner
3:48
2
II. Scherzo con spirito
Howard Blake; Jaime Martin; Andrew Marriner; Gustavo Núñez; Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Neville Marriner
3:41
3
III. Andante espressivo
Howard Blake; Jaime Martin; Andrew Marriner; Gustavo Núñez; Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Neville Marriner
3:04
4
IV. Marcia Grazioso
Howard Blake; Jaime Martin; Andrew Marriner; Gustavo Núñez; Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Neville Marriner
6:10
Clarinet Concerto, Op. 329a  
5
I. Invocation: Recitativo - Moderato, molto deciso
Howard Blake; Jaime Martin; Andrew Marriner; Gustavo Núñez; Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Neville Marriner
7:51
6
II. Ceremony: Recitativo - Lento Serioso
Howard Blake; Jaime Martin; Andrew Marriner; Gustavo Núñez; Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Neville Marriner
7:12
7
III. Round Dance: Vivace
Howard Blake; Jaime Martin; Andrew Marriner; Gustavo Núñez; Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Neville Marriner
6:28
Bassoon Concerto, Op. 607  
8
I. Moderato
Howard Blake; Jaime Martin; Andrew Marriner; Gustavo Núñez; Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Neville Marriner
6:10
9
II. Larghetto
Howard Blake; Jaime Martin; Andrew Marriner; Gustavo Núñez; Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Neville Marriner
2:50
10
III. Presto
Howard Blake; Jaime Martin; Andrew Marriner; Gustavo Núñez; Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Neville Marriner
3:35
Serenade For Wind Quintet, Op. 419  
11
I. Grazioso con moto
Howard Blake; Jaime Martin; Andrew Marriner; Gustavo Núñez; Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Neville Marriner
6:30
12
II. Serioso come una marcia lente
Howard Blake; Jaime Martin; Andrew Marriner; Gustavo Núñez; Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Neville Marriner
4:30
13
III. Molto vivace, capriccioso
Howard Blake; Jaime Martin; Andrew Marriner; Gustavo Núñez; Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Neville Marriner
3:40
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    65:29
"... a splendid introduction to the more seriously intended work of a composer ... Blake’s musical language is fluently, exclusively tonal and intensively melodic ... the performance is delightful and the recording quality is very good indeed, perfectly balanced throughout. A most attractive and valuable issue."
- International Record Review

This release of world premiere recordings brings together the highly talented pianist, conductor and composer Howard Blake and renowned conductor Sir Neville Marriner. Blake, a leading figure on the contemporary music scene, happens to share the same barber in London as conductor Mariner; it was that barber who established the connection that finally led to this recording, hence the punny title of the album. The Academy of St Martin in the Fields are worthy accompanists; flautist Jaime Martin, clarinettist Andrew Marriner (son of the conductor) and bassoonist Gustavo Núñez are also heard on these superlative wind concertos.
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