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TO 0048

John Gardner - Music for Brass and Organ

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2010

Originally recorded in 2010

Artists:

Chris Gardner


Stephen King

organ

Paul Archbald

trumpet

Cosmopolitan Brass



Venue:

Brentwood Cathedral



Record Label
Toccata

Genre:

Brass


Organ

Total Time - 67:10
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JOHN GARDNER

1 

Flourish for a Wedding, Op.162

2:57
2 

Easter Fantasy, Op.232

6:41
  Recorded February 2010  
 

Theme and Variations for Brass Quartet, Op.7

 
3 Theme: Andante flessible 0:55
4 Variation 1: Un poco meno mosso 0:48
5 Variation 2: Allegretto 0:27
6 Variation 3: Allegro giocoso 0:42
7 Variation 4: Marcia lenta 1:11
8 Variation 5: Marcia rapida 0:39
9 Variation 6: Habañera 2:54
10 Variation 7: Misterioso 1:28
11 Variation 8: Finale - Allegro vivace 2:07
  Recorded February 2010  
 

Five Dances for Organ, Op.179

 
12 1 Lavolta 2:10
13 2 Pavin 4:21
14 3 Jig 3:52
15 4 Lament 3:46
16 5 Fling 3:07
  Recorded 25 June 2010  
 

Sonata da Chiesa sopra un tema di Claudio Monteverdi, Op.136

 
17 I Maestoso 4:13
18 II Allegro 3:05
19 III Lento e piano 3:30
20 IV Allegro ma non troppo 2:56
  Recorded 25 June 2010  
 

Sonata Secolare, Op.117

 
21 I Allegro con brio 4:40
22 II Ciacona (largo) 6:18
23 III Finale (vivace) 4:23
  Recorded 29 January 2010  
   


The British composer John Gardner (b. 1917) has been astonishingly proli?c, writing 249 opus numbers in his sixty-year career as composer, conductor and teacher. His music – basically tonal and always impeccably crafted – is characterised by charm, grace and humour. Gardner’s musical ?ngerprints come from his love of jazz, Renaissance and Baroque procedures and his mastery of imitative counterpoint. He generally uses established musical forms but invests them with a quirky and distinctive harmonic idiom. This recording explores his rich output for brass and organ, from the elegant Theme and Variations, Op. 7, of 1951 to the lusty Five Dances for Organ, Op. 179, written in 1988.

"A winning programme from the prolific British composer John Gardner. Gardner has been astonishingly prolific, writing 249 pieces in his sixty-year career as composer, conductor and teacher. He turned 93 shortly before the release of this album, which offers a selection of the music the composer has written for brass ensemble and organ, his instrument of choice since his days as an organ scholar at Oxford.

Barry Forshaw

18 January 2011



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