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Alwyn, Bax, Berkeley, Bowen, Ferguson & Vaughan Williams: Sh

Alwyn, Bax, Berkeley, Bowen, Ferguson & Vaughan Williams: Sh

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For his second album for Chandos, the flute virtuoso Adam Walker explores the music of British composers with pianist Huw Watkins. Vaughan Williams’s Suite de ballet was commissioned by the French flute virtuoso Louis Fleury (who had given the première of Debussy’s Syrinx). The work uses eighteenth-century French dance forms, a common practice in ‘neo-classical’ composition. Bax’s Four Pieces rescue music from an abandoned ballet originally conceived for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Sir Lennox Berkeley’s Sonatina was originally written for treble recorder; James Galway’s championship of the piece made it a staple of the flute repertoire. Howard Fergusson’s Three Sketches were composed intermittently over a period of twenty years. The theme of the third piece is a Hindu melody, ‘Koyalinya bole ambuvan’ (Cuckoos sing in the mango tree). Sonatas by York Bowen and William Alwyn complete this varied and engaging program.


Seventy-seven minutes of British music for flute and piano might at first glance seem like 40 minutes too much. But that ’s without taking on board the nimble and dazzling skills of flautist Adam Walker, or the individual strengths of the works presented...a new pleasure is never far away in this most accomplished recital, full of the sounds of spring.

-- BBC Music Magazine

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Product Description:

  • Release Date: May 05, 2023

  • UPC: 095115226520

  • Catalog Number: CHAN 20265

  • Label: Chandos

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Period: 20th Century

  • Composer: William Alwyn, Arnold Bax, Lennox Berkeley, York Bowen, Howard Ferguson, Ralph Vaughan Williams

  • Performer: Adam Walker, Huw Watkins