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Piper's Dream

Chamber works for flute, piano and wind ensemble by Cecilia McDowall

The Classical Shop
release date: January 2010


Artists:

Ensemble Lumiere


Emma Williams

Flute

Richard Shaw

Piano

Ensemble Lumiere


Ensemble LumiŠre



Venue:

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead



Record Label
Deux-Elles

Genre:

Contemporary


Chamber

Total Time - 77:55
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Piper's Dream

 

CECILIA MCDOWALL

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1 

Arctic Circle

10:05
  Ensemble Lumiere
 Richard Shaw Piano
     
2 

Eleven

6:02
 Emma Williams Flute
 Richard Shaw Piano
     
3 

Tapsalterie

5:13
 Richard Shaw Piano
     
 

Six Pastiches

 
4 1 Hornpipe 1:20
 Emma Williams Flute
 Richard Shaw Piano
5 2 Romantic Song 2:24
 Emma Williams Flute
 Richard Shaw Piano
6 3 Menuet 1:40
 Emma Williams Flute
 Richard Shaw Piano
7 4 Comic Song 1:21
 Emma Williams Flute
 Richard Shaw Piano
8 5 Waltz 1:44
 Emma Williams Flute
 Richard Shaw Piano
9 6 Music Hall 1:29
 Emma Williams Flute
 Richard Shaw Piano
     
 

3 Concert Studies

 
10 1 Chromatic Waltz 0:58
 Emma Williams Flute
 Richard Shaw Piano
11 2 Tongue in Cheek 0:49
 Emma Williams Flute
 Richard Shaw Piano
12 3 Spaces 1:23
 Emma Williams Flute
 Richard Shaw Piano
     
13 

Vespers In Venice

3:05
 Richard Shaw Piano
     
 

Seven Impressions

 
14 1 By the River 1:17
 Emma Williams Flute
 Richard Shaw Piano
15 2 March 0:56
 Emma Williams Flute
 Richard Shaw Piano
16 3 Gospel Song 0:49
 Emma Williams Flute
 Richard Shaw Piano
17 4 Cantilena 1:40
 Emma Williams Flute
 Richard Shaw Piano
18 5 Reel Music 0:55
 Emma Williams Flute
 Richard Shaw Piano
19 6 Swingtime 1:08
 Emma Williams Flute
 Richard Shaw Piano
20 7 Caf‚ Anglais 1:01
 Emma Williams Flute
 Richard Shaw Piano
     
21 

Le Temps Viendra

6:10
  Ensemble Lumiere
 Richard Shaw Piano
     
 

Soundtracks

 
22 1 The Italian Connection 1:15
 Emma Williams Flute
 Richard Shaw Piano
23 2 A Russian Encounter 2:17
 Emma Williams Flute
 Richard Shaw Piano
24 3 Grounded 1:56
 Emma Williams Flute
 Richard Shaw Piano
25 4 Star Time 1:37
 Emma Williams Flute
 Richard Shaw Piano
26 5 One to One 2:30
 Emma Williams Flute
 Richard Shaw Piano
     
27 

Pavane

3:40
 Richard Shaw Piano
     
28 

Piper's Dream

4:05
 Emma Williams Flute
 Richard Shaw Piano
     
 

Winter Music

 
29 1 Allegro 3:40
  Ensemble Lumiere
30 2 Andante 2:54
  Ensemble Lumiere
31 3 Allegro scherzando 2:32
  Ensemble Lumiere
Cecilia McDowall: Piper's Dream

‘A native Scot, Cecilia McDowall was educated at Edinburgh University and London's Trinity College of Music, and studied under Joseph Horovitz and Robert Saxton. After raising a family, she returned to full-time composition and has since received a string of commissions from the likes of Sir James Galway, the London Mozart Players and the Schubert Ensemble of London.

Two works featuring wind quintet frame the present, generous portrait-in-sound: Arctic Circle draws its inspiration from Scottish and Finnish folklore, its dancing outer sections forming a vivid and satisfying contrast with the icy chill at its heart, while the thoughtful Andante centrepiece of Winter Music (based on “Gute Nacht” from Schubert’s Winterreise) is a tribute to the composer’s flautist father, Harold Clarke.

Of the three pieces for solo piano I was particularly taken with Tapsalteerie, which makes ingenious play with a cradle song by the turn-of-the-century Aberdeenshire fiddler James Scott Skinner (the title is Scots for “topsy-turvy”, in case you were wondering). Piper’s Dream and Elven (both for flute and piano) were influenced by Scottish and Hungarian folk music respectively; likewise, Le temps viendra for piano, oboe and clarinet (the latter two instruments also doubling on cor anglais and bass clarinet) reveals a fastidious instrumental resource. Elsewhere, the Six Pastiches, Three Concert Studies and Soundtracks are consistently inventive, tuneful teaching pieces for flute and piano, as are the winsome Seven Impressions for piccolo and piano.

Performances are as polished as they are sympathetic; the sound is admirably real. A most attractive collection.’

Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone (October 2002)

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*****
This is a brilliant CD full of beautiful music. Excellent for the flute player and teacher alike.
T LEA

*****
Fantastic tracks downloaded quickly. Many thanks.
T LEA