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Headington: Piano Concerto, Serenade, Etc / Cleobury, Et Al


Release Date: 08/19/1997 
Label:  Asv   Catalog #: 969   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Christopher Headington
Performer:  Gordon Fergus-ThompsonAndrew CarwoodAlexander Baillie
Conductor:  Nicholas Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Healing Fountain seeks to convey ‘the healing and peacemaking force’ of music, and this it certainly does in Andrew Carwood’s sensitive performance. An appropriate tribute to a fine composer.

The words ‘recorded in the presence of the composer’ have special significance here. For Christopher Headington (1930-96) was tragically killed in a skiing accident just eleven days after these recordings were made. He was particularly satisfied with them, and hoped that they would bring him a wider recognition. The fluency of the Piano Concerto (1991) is one of its chief characteristics, and the rapport between soloist and ensemble is imaginatively achieved, not least because of the insights of Gordon Fergus-Thompson,
Read more who worked with Headington on many occasions. The Serenade (1995) was written for Julian Lloyd Webber, and Alexander Baillie plays it with sympathy and understanding. Citing Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Headington decided ‘that a serenade does not have to be slow’, and the full range of the cello is employed most imaginatively. Headington thought The Healing Fountain (1978) his best work. It is an orchestral song cycle dedicated to the memory of Benjamin Britten, using poems recommended by his friend Roy Westbrook, and including various Britten quotations. The work seeks to convey ‘the healing and peacemaking force’ of music, and this it certainly does in Andrew Carwood’s sensitive performance. This disc therefore stands as an appropriate tribute to a fine composer. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Terry Barfoot, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano by Christopher Headington
Performer:  Gordon Fergus-Thompson (Piano)
Conductor:  Nicholas Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; England 
2.
The Healing Fountain by Christopher Headington
Performer:  Andrew Carwood (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nicholas Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; England 
Language: English 
3.
Serenade for Cello and Strings by Christopher Headington
Performer:  Alexander Baillie (Cello)
Conductor:  Nicholas Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; England 

Sound Samples

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: 1st movement: Moderato poco mosso
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: 2nd movement: Passacaglia: Andante poco lento
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: 3rd movement: Vivace
The Healing Fountain: A Prayer at Pentecost
The Healing Fountain: A Cry to Music
The Healing Fountain: Music
The Healing Fountain: Revisitation
The Healing Fountain: On Music
The Healing Fountain: The Composer
The Healing Fountain: Adonais
The Healing Fountain: A Chord
Serenade for Cello and String Orchestra

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