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GEN 15346
EAN: 4260036253467
18.90 €

Howard Blake (*1938)  
Diversions for Cello & Piano, Op. 337a
World Premiere Recording
Howard Blake  
Pennillion for Cello & Piano, Op. 525a
World Premiere Recording
Howard Blake  
Cello Sonata, Op. 619
World Premiere Recording
Howard Blake  
The Enchantment of Venus, Op. 566a
World Premiere Recording
Howard Blake  
Walking in the Air (from "The Snowman", Op. 620a)
World Premiere Recording
Howard Blake  
Archangel´s Lullaby, Op. 436a


Works by Howard Blake (*1938)

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The English composer Howard Blake is a living legend with soundtracks like "With Umbrella, Charm and Bowler" or the Academy Award nominated "The Snowman". That such a musician invites someone to make music is probably quite unlikely. That he then also places a new work on the music stand for a premiere recording is almost a miracle. Benedict Kloeckner proves that he is worthy of such an honor: the rising star of the cello scene literally merges together with the grand master himself at the piano to become one on this new GENUIN CD: the whole variety of Blake’s oeuvre, his rhythmic finesse and his humor lights up in thousands of colors. A must for chamber music and film music fans!

Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review
5 Stars by Greg Applegate
"Howard Blake himself handles the piano part with dramatic credibility. (...) Kloeckner responds with an extraordinarily vibrant tone and rhapsodic lucidity. (...) It is not high modernist but it is thoroughly contemporary. It has a special quality to it that belongs very much to the musical personality of Howard Blake. Very much recommended."
Read the whole review by Greg Applegate, 24 April 2015

American Record Guide
"Blake and his cellist friend Kloeckner make a fine pair in this program. The music is not easy to play, and there are demands made and carried out with aplomb."
Review on the American Record Guide by David W Moore, 7/2/2015

MusicWeb International
"The recording is well judged and the booklet is sympathetic, quoting from a variety of source material."
Review on the MusicWeb International by Jonathan Woolf, November 2015