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.
Paul Silverthorne, viola Roger Heaton, clarinet London Archduke Trio, piano trio Nathaniel Vallois, violin Gabriella Swallow, cello Charles Wiffen, piano
Catalogue No: TOCC0075EAN/UPC: 5060113440754Release Date: 12.10.2009Composer: Hugh Wood Artists: Charles Wiffen, Gabriella Swallow, London Archduke Trio, Nathaniel Vallois, Paul Silverthorne, Roger Heaton
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Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 40 (1997) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0075/TOCC0075t05.mp3
Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 24 (c. 1984) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0075/TOCC0075t08.mp3
Richard Whitehouse :
“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
Gary Higginson :
“At 82 he is now one of the UK’s most senior and respected composers, most of the country’s leading performers have tackled his music at some point. …This generously filled disc offers a creditable ‘carte de visite’ one might say for anyone making the case for English music of a more European stance. Each of these pieces is well worth getting to know. Each is superbly crafted and each is performed to the highest possible standard with sympathy and virtuosity. Well worth searching out.” MusicWeb International
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