Thomas Pitfield: Chamber Music
Dennis Simons (violin)
Keith Swallow (piano)
Tracey Chadwell (soprano)
John McCabe (piano)
John Turner (recorder)
Richard Simpson (oboe)
HTGCD210 – 5060332661510
Tommy Pitfield was a twentieth century Renaissance man. He was a composer, artist, poet, writer, teacher, ornithologist, and probably much else which his modesty shielded from public notice. But it is his music he served most devotedly. In 1947 he became a teacher of composition at the Royal Manchester College of Music, holding the post through the time of the merger into the Royal Northern College of Music and retiring a year later. He had many distinguished pupils, of whom John McCabe was but one. In his own music he shows ingenuity, imagination, inventiveness, wit and versatility. This recording includes a representative selection of works from over 50 years of composition and appears 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 and as such will be highly sought after by aficionados of twentieth century British music.
Violin Sonata No. 1 in A; Dennis Simons and Keith Swallow
Three Miniatures (for soprano and violin); Tracey Chadwell and Dennis Simons
Eight Songs (for soprano and piano); Tracey Chadwell and Keith Swallow
Rondo all Tarantella (for recorder and piano); John Turner and John McCabe
Prelude, Minuet and Reel (for piano); John McCabe
Three Nautical Sketches (for recorder and piano); John Turner and John McCabe
Novelette in F (for piano) & Studies on an English Dance Tune (for piano); John McCabe
Polka (for oboe and piano) & Oboe Sonata in A Minor; Richard Simpson and Janet Simpson
Total time: 69'43"
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