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Roy Heaton Smith: Opening the Door

Clare Wilkinson, John Turner, Linda Merrick, Benedict Holland, Alistair Vennart, Harvey Davies, Ewa Tytman, Solem Quartet, Stephen Waters, BBC Northern Orchestra, Stanford Robinson

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3 Bagatelles, Op. 46  
1
No. 1. Scherzo. Vivace
Roy Heaton Smith; John Turner; Linda Merrick; Alistair Vennart
1:21
2
No. 2. Dance. Andante moderato
Roy Heaton Smith; John Turner; Linda Merrick; Alistair Vennart
1:39
3
No. 3. Capriccio. Vivace
Roy Heaton Smith; John Turner; Linda Merrick; Alistair Vennart
2:42
4
A Suite of Variations, Op. 37
Roy Heaton Smith; Alistair Vennart; Harvey Davies
14:01
Pastoral  
5
No. 1. Slow
Roy Heaton Smith; Clare Wilkinson; John Turner; Alistair Vennart
1:46
6
No. 2. Brightly but not too fast
Roy Heaton Smith; Clare Wilkinson; John Turner; Alistair Vennart
2:55
7
No. 3. At a moderate pace
Roy Heaton Smith; Clare Wilkinson; John Turner; Alistair Vennart
2:52
8
No. 4. Epilogue
Roy Heaton Smith; Clare Wilkinson; John Turner; Alistair Vennart
1:52
9
Introduction and Variations, Op. 24
Roy Heaton Smith; Benedict Holland; Harvey Davies
13:42
3 Chansons romantiques, Op. 22  
10
No. 1. Chanson
Roy Heaton Smith; Clare Wilkinson; Harvey Davies
2:26
11
No. 2. La Chanson bien douce
Roy Heaton Smith; Clare Wilkinson; Harvey Davies
1:29
12
No. 3. Berceuse
Roy Heaton Smith; Clare Wilkinson; Harvey Davies
4:02
13
Passacaglia, Op. 18b
Roy Heaton Smith; Solem Quartet
9:26
String Quartet, Op. 34  
1
I. Overture
Roy Heaton Smith; Solem Quartet
5:55
2
II. Variations. Adagio - Più sostenuto - Presto con fuoco - Tempo I (Adagio) - Presto)
Roy Heaton Smith; Solem Quartet
10:51
3
Sonatina alla Fantasia, Op. 23
Roy Heaton Smith; John Turner; Harvey Davies
7:52
Piano Sonatina, Op. 19  
4
I. Allegretto con moto
Roy Heaton Smith; Ewa Tytman
3:36
5
II. Andante ma non troppo
Roy Heaton Smith; Ewa Tytman
2:35
6
III. Poco vivace – Presto con fuoco
Roy Heaton Smith; Ewa Tytman
3:27
A Vision of the Future  
7
No. 1. In the cold mud of Flanders
Roy Heaton Smith; Clare Wilkinson; Harvey Davies
2:31
8
No. 2. No more shall nation against nation rise
Roy Heaton Smith; Clare Wilkinson; Alistair Vennart; Harvey Davies
6:31
4 Folksong Arrangements, Op. 26  
9
No. 1. Robin Adair (attrib. to C. Keppel)
Roy Heaton Smith; Clare Wilkinson; Linda Merrick; Harvey Davies
2:39
10
No. 2. The Keel Row
Roy Heaton Smith; Clare Wilkinson; Linda Merrick; Harvey Davies
1:21
11
No. 3. Farewell Manchester (after W. Felton)
Roy Heaton Smith; Clare Wilkinson; Linda Merrick; Harvey Davies
1:48
12
No. 4. Good Morrow Mistress Bright
Roy Heaton Smith; Clare Wilkinson; Linda Merrick; Harvey Davies
1:36
13
Divertimento
Roy Heaton Smith; Stephen Waters; BBC Northern Orchestra; Stanford Robinson
11:44
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    2:02:39
"Roy Heaton Smith is probably a new discovery for many listeners. Based on the music presented on this double CD, he is most worthy of the dedicated work that has been put into the production of this unique retrospective ... the soloists are totally committed to (Smith's) music ... I loved Clare Wilkinson's voice in all the vocal works. And John Turner has brought his renowned enthusiasm to both the production and the performance of this music ... based on this present two CD exploration of his music, any forthcoming performances will be essential listening for all enthusiasts of British music from the second half of the 20th century."
- MusicWeb International

Mezzo-soprano Clare Wilkinson leads a superb cast of vocalists and musicians on this feast by the late Roy Heaton Smith, including chamber works for clarinet, recorder and viola, solo piano music, string quartets and songs all bubbling with inspiration and freedom of expression and style. A bonus track is a performance taken from an AM radio broadcast in 1958, recorded off-air to an acetate disc which became damaged. For this release it has been restored; not just rendered "playable" but presented in good sound balance, remaining the only document of Smith's fine Divertimento.
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Disc 2, Tracks 3 & 13 – 44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM, mastered at 96 kHz / 24-bit

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