ROBERT CRAWFORD (b.1925): Clarinet Quintet, Elegiac Quintet for Recorder and String Quartet, 3 Two-Part Inventions for Recorder and Clarinet, JOHN VEALE (1922-2006): String Quartet, Impromptu for Solo Recorder, Triptych for Recorder and String Quartet.

Catalogue Number: 09N058

Label: Metier

Reference: msv 28520

Format: CD

Price: $17.98

Description: Anyone who collects approachable chamber music will want to try this one. Both composers suffered from the British (and BBC) emphasis on atonal and avant-garde music during the 60s and 70s and Veale stopped composing for twelve years. His 1950 quartet was written in Berkeley while he was studying with Roy Harris and is unashamedly tonal and homophonic, concerned with melody and emotional communication. Needless to say, his shorter works involving the recorder (ever heard any avant-garde recorder music?) are equally easy on the ear. Crawford's 1992 clarinet quintet is the other big work here, a two-movment piece of 22 minutes which is vigorously contrapuntal but just as grounded in tonality as Veale. John Turner (recorder), Linda Merrick (clarinet), The Adderbury Ensemble.

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