Hugh Wood: Chamber Music
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Hugh Wood: Chamber Music

Catalogue Number: TOCC0075
EAN: 5060113440754
Release Date: 12 October 2009
Duration: 79:30

Overture for Piano Trio, Op. 48
Variations for Viola and Piano, Op. 1
Paraphrase for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 26
Poem for violin and piano, Op. 35
Clarinet Trio, Op. 40
Piano Trio, Op. 24

Paul Silverthorne, viola
Roger Heaton, clarinet
London Archduke Trio, piano trio
Nathaniel Vallois, violin
Gabriella Swallow, cello
Charles Wiffen, piano

Hugh Wood, born in Lancashire in 1932, is one of Britain’s most distinguished composers, his music marrying expressionist power and lyrical elegance. Although Wood has a number of large-scale pieces to his credit, he prefers the intimacy of chamber music and these six works – ranging from his Op. 1, written in 1958, to Overture for Piano Trio of 2005 – expertly balance formal clarity, rigorous craftsmanship and a high charge of energy.

Booklet texts (PDF)

Track Listing, MP3 Downloads and Streaming Samples

Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
DOWNLOAD COMPLETE ALBUM 79:30
1 Overture for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 48 (2005)

Hugh Wood, composer
London Archduke Trio, piano trio

(first recording)
5:47
1 Energico 5:47 play
2 Variations for Viola and Piano, Op. 1 (1958)

Hugh Wood, composer
Paul Silverthorne, viola
Charles Wiffen, piano

(first recording)
11:32
2 Introduction – Declamando – Tema – Variation I: Giocoso – Variation II: Inquieto – Variation III: Furioso – Variation IV: Appassionato – Variation V: Capriccioso – Variation VI: Meditazione – Finale 11:32 play
3 Paraphrase on ‘Bird of Paradise’ for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 26 (1983)

Hugh Wood, composer
Roger Heaton, clarinet
Charles Wiffen, piano
12:47
3 Very slow 12:47 play
4 Poem for violin and piano, Op. 35 (1993, rev. 1996)

Hugh Wood, composer
Nathaniel Vallois, violin
Charles Wiffen, piano
8:32
4 Largo 8:32 play
5-7 Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 40 (1997)

Hugh Wood, composer
Roger Heaton, clarinet
Gabriella Swallow, cello
Charles Wiffen, piano
19:21
5 I. Comodo 7:07 play
6 II. Risoluto, fantastico 5:20 play
7 III. Adagio 6:54 play
8-10 Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 24 (c. 1984)

Hugh Wood, composer
London Archduke Trio, piano trio

(first recording)
21:31
8 I. Allegro appassionato 9:28 play
9 II. Adagio molto calmo e mesto 8:37 play
10 III. Vivace scherzando 3:26 play

Artists

Hugh Wood

Hugh Wood, composer
[credit: Malcolm Crowthers]

Paul Silverthorne

Paul Silverthorne, viola

Roger Heaton

Roger Heaton, clarinet

London Archduke Trio, piano trio

Nathaniel Vallois

Nathaniel Vallois, violin

Gabriella-Swallow

Gabriella Swallow, cello

Charles Wiffen

Charles Wiffen, piano

Reviews

This release collates the greater part of his chamber music (outside of the string quartets) and reminds one how substantial Wood’s contribution to the medium has been, drawing on a lineage through Schoenberg to Brahms in its unwavering sense of purpose.

With sound of a focus and overall perspective ideal as chamber music, and detailed booklet notes from Malcolm MacDonald as well as the composer, it can be well recommended. Hopefully the other chamber music will follow.

Richard Whitehouse International Record Review 2013

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