THOMAS PITFIELD (1903-1999): Violin Sonata No. 1 in A (Dennis Simons [violin], Keith Swallow [piano]), Rondo Tarantella and 3 Nautical Sketches for Recorder and Piano (John Turner [recorder], John McCabe [piano]), Oboe Sonata in A Minor, Polka for Oboe and Piano (Richard Simpson [oboe], Janet Simpson [piano]), Solo Piano: Novelette in F, Studies on an English Dance Tune, Prelude, Minuet and Reel, 3 Miniatures for Soprano and Violin, Winter Song and Birds about the Morning Air for Soprano, Recorder and Piano (McCabe [piano]), Soprano and Piano: Sands of Dee, So Far from my Country, Naiad, Shadow March, Cuckoo and Chestnut Time, The Child Hears Rain at Night (Tracey Chadwell [soprano], Dennis Simons [violin], Turner [recorder], Swallow [piano]).
Catalogue Number: 12R036
Description: Pitfield was a “minor master” of a characteristic type - full of ingenuity, imaginiation, inventiveness, wit and versatility - whose generally small-scale works always leave one wanting more. Here is a representative selection of works from over 50 years of composition which appears for the first time with kind permission of the principal of the Royal Northern College of Music. The majority of works here are world premiere recordings given by artists who have a close affinity with Manchester and the music of Pitfield. 1993 recordings. Not previously issued.