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.