Free Patrick Hawes Download

Former Classic FM Composer in Residence, Patrick Hawes, is giving a free music download on his website.

A special recording of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata (first movement) is available for free at from today.

Patrick told Classic FM the story about the recording:

"In the summer of 2006 I recorded the first movement of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata with John Timperley. 

He was a legendary recording engineer who worked with a multitude of great artists and founded Angel studios.  He died a couple of years ago but, shortly before his death, he rang me to say he had invested in some very expensive microphones and would I nip round to his studio to test them out (I only lived a mile or so away in Maidenhead.) 

I played the opening movement of the Moonlight Sonata in one take, and the mixture of the beautiful Yamaha piano and his recording expertise resulted in something really quite lovely."

You can download the piece by clicking here.

17 June 2009