Walking in the Air - The Music of Howard Blake: Vladimir Ashkenazy

A tuneful and enjoyable collection from two masters. Album of the Weekend, 12-13 April 2014.

The great pianist and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy has been friends with the composer Howard Blake - best known for The Snowman soundtrack - for many years.

On this unique and maybe unexpected album, there are no fewer than nine world premiere recordings including Blake's music from Ridley Scott’s film The Duellists  and a prelude written especially for Ashkenazy, made out of his initials.

Not surprisingly, 'Walking in the Air' is a stand-out track on this generous 80-minute collection.

Blake's compositions are attractive and accessible and Ashkenazy's joy at playing his friend's music is evident on this album.