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Walking In The Air - The Music Of Howard Blake

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vovka Ashkenazy

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1
Walking In The Air (Excerpt "Lifecycle"), Op. 310
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy
3:06
2
Music Box Theme (from "The Changeling"), Op. 274
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy
3:53
3
Lara's Theme (from "The Duellists"), Op. 247
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy
2:01
4
Prelude For Vova, Op. 640
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy
3:02
5
Speech After Long Silence, Op. 610
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy
7:57
Twelve Piano Pieces, Op. 177  
6
1. Prelude
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy
2:23
7
2. Nocturne
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy
3:13
8
3. Impromptu
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy
4:41
9
4. Toccatina
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy
1:26
10
5. Mazurka
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy
1:33
11
6. Walking Song
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy
1:53
12
7. Chaconne In D Minor
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy
3:39
13
8. Scherzo In D Major
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy
3:10
Dances For 2 Pianos, Op. 217a  
14
1. Parade
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Vovka Ashkenazy
0:49
15
2. Slow Ragtime
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Vovka Ashkenazy
1:08
16
3. Jump
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Vovka Ashkenazy
0:45
17
4. Medium Rock
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Vovka Ashkenazy
1:45
18
5. Folk Ballad
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Vovka Ashkenazy
2:06
19
6. Boogie
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Vovka Ashkenazy
1:00
20
7. Jazz Waltz
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Vovka Ashkenazy
1:56
21
8. Cha-Cha
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Vovka Ashkenazy
1:23
22
9. Galop
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Vovka Ashkenazy
0:48
Sonata For Two Pianos, Op. 130  
23
1. Allegro
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Vovka Ashkenazy
4:56
24
2. Lento
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Vovka Ashkenazy
3:34
25
3. Scherzando
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Vovka Ashkenazy
2:15
26
4. Presto
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Vovka Ashkenazy
3:29
27
Piano Fantasy, Op. 1
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy
4:20
28
Four Easy Pieces, Op. 1b
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy
3:40
29
Romanza, Op. 5f
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy
2:26
30
Haiku For Yu-Chee
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy
1:12
31
Parting, Op. 650a
Howard Blake; Vladimir Ashkenazy
1:18
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    1:20:47
"... Blake's compositions are attractive and accessible and Ashkenazy's joy at playing his friend's music is evident on this album."
- Classic FM

"... Ashkenazy reveals all there is to be found in these early pieces, and this excellently recorded recital continues with Romanza ... another extremely beautiful piece ... a recital of eminently worthwhile music ..."
- ClassicalSource.com

World-renowned pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy performs the music of his longtime friend, composer Howard Blake. The repertoire on this 2014 release includes two works for two pianos in which Ashkenazy is joined by his son Vovka. The album also presents a wide selection of Blake's solo pieces for piano performed by Ashkenazy himself. The title track of the album is a solo piano version of Walking In The Air from the 1982 animated holiday film The Snowman, issued as an advance release download in time for Christmas 2013. The album features nine world premiere recordings from Blake’s repertoire, including a prelude written especially for Ashkenazy consisting of his initials, as well as music from Blake’s many film scores.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Decca Music Group Studio Masters

Executive Producer: Dominic Fyfe
Recording Producer: Jeremy Hayes
Recording Engineer: Ben Connellan
Production Coordinator: Sarah Mitchell
Recording Location: Potton Hall, Suffolk, 15, 16 March, 10, 11 June 2013

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