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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.