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OPENING THE DOOR ... to the music of Roy Heaton Smith
CLARE WILKINSON (mezzo-soprano), LINDA MERRICK (clarinet),
JOHN TURNER (recorder), ALISTAIR VENNART (viola), BENEDICT HOLLAND (violin),
HARVEY DAVIES & EWA TYTMAN (pianos), SOLEM STRING QUARTET

A feast of music by the late Roy Heaton Smith includes chamber works for clarinet, recorder and viola, solo piano music, string quartets and songs all bubbling with inspiration and freedom of expression and style, in excellent performances from top Manchester (UK) musicians.

As a bonus we include a recording made from a radio broadcast in 1958. This was recorded from an AM brodacast off-air to an acetate disc which became damaged; Richard Scott has done wonders to make it not just playable but in decent sound balance too, and it remains the only recording of Smith's fine Divertimento.



CD DURATION:  total 123:53

AUDIO SAMPLE: Passacaglia for string quartet (conclusion)




dealer release date: 8 July 2016
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CD program:
Three Bagatelles, Op. 46
for recorder, viola & clarinet
A Suite of Variations, Op. 37
for viola & piano
Pastoral
for voice, recorder and viola
Introduction and Variations, Op. 24
for violin & piano
Trois Chansons Romantiques, Op. 22
for mezzo-soprano & piano
Passacaglia, Op. 18(b)
for string quartet
Sonatina alla Fantasia, Op. 23
for recorder & piano
Sonatina, Op. 19
for solo piano
A Vision of the Future
for medium voice, viola & piano
Four Folksong Arrangements, Op. 26
for medium voice, clarinet & piano
String Quartet, Op. 34
BONUS: DIvertimento (rec. 1958)
(Stephen Waters, clarinet, and BBC Northern Orchestra cond. Stanford Robinson)

 

review extracts: for full reviews click here

“Based on the music presented on this double CD, [Roy Heaton Smith] is most worthy of the dedicated work that has been put into the production of this unique retrospective. I found the ‘Pastoral' a magical experience. It quite clearly out-Britten's Britten in its effectiveness, colourful scoring and musical interpretation of the text. The composer has a masterly understanding of string writing. [The String Quartet] is a little masterpiece. I loved Clare Wilkinson's voice in all the vocal works. Based on this present two-CD exploration of his music, any forthcoming performances will be essential listening.” - John France (MusicWeb)

“An affectionate salvaging of an oeuvre at risk of falling by the wayside. Heaton Smith['s] work, broadly neoclassical, is not without distinction ... his abstract pieces can be striking.” – Paul Driver (The Sunday Times)