PAUL READE (1943-1997) Suite from The Victorian Kitchen Garden for solo flute, harp and strings, Adapted by Jan Willem Nelleke: 1 I. Prelude: Andante pastorale 2 II. Spring: Allegretto 3 III. Mists: Lento melancolico 4 IV. Exotica: Allegro ritmico 5 V. Summer: Flowing Philippa Davies flute, Helen Tunstall harp. Chants du Roussillon – 5 Catalan folksongs Arranged by Paul Reade for soprano and orchestra: I. Are vé lo mes de maig (May), II. De matinet me vaig llevar (The Nightingale’s Advice), III. Tot anit som caminat (A Frog in the Moonlight), IV. El pare m’ha casada (The Defiant Bride), V. Rossinyol, que vas en França (The Nightingale) [Pumeza Matshikiza, soprano], El cant dels ocells (Song of the Birds) Arranged by Paul Reade for soprano and orchestra [Pumeza Matshikiza, soprano], Catalonia for Bassoon and Orchestra, Orchestrated by Tim Gibson [Laurence Perkins, bassoon], Serenata for Wind Sextet I. Slow - Allegretto pastorale II. Moderato III. Allegro London Winds: Peter Sparks, Katie Lockhart, clarinet ;Robin O’ Neill, Laurence Perkins, bassoon; Richard Watkins, Alexei Watkins, horn. Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra I. Andante lirico II. Nocturne III. Allegro con spirito [Philippa Davies, flute].

Catalogue Number: 02Z010

Label: Signum

Reference: SIGCD758

Format: CD

Price: $19.98

Description: 2023 marks 25 years since the death of British composer Paul Reade. He is remembered for his delightful Victorian Kitchen Garden music (Ivor Novello Award) and television themes such as Antiques Road-show. However, he also wrote a huge range of equally wonderful but less well-known pieces, full of melodic invention, wit and fabulous energy. They are previously unpublished and unrecorded works that deserve to be heard. These are premiere recordings (except for the Chants du Roussillon) and show Paul’s music at its best: tender, poignant, humorous and uplifting, full of wonderful melodic and dramatic invention. Philippa Davies has been hailed as a ‘first-rate virtuoso’, with ’winning charm’, ’exceptional eloquence’ and an ‘almost electrical response to technique’. Since her celebrated performance of Mozart’s Concerto in D major at the BBC Proms in 1988, she has gained an international reputation as one of the finest flautists currently performing.

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