HOWARD BLAKE (b.1938): Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra, Op. 493a (Jaime Martin [flute]), Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra, Op. 329a (Andrew Marriner [clarinet]), Concerto for Bassoon and String Orchestra, Op. 607 (Gustavo Nunez [bassoon]), Serenade for Wind Octet, Op. 419.

Catalogue Number: 10P066

Label: PentaTone

Reference: PTC 5186 506

Format: CD

Price: $19.98

Description: Blake produces melodious and polished music with the ease of Mozart (although a look at the opus numbers above tells you that he produces even more of it!) and everything here is attractive, easily approachable and full of memorable "hooks". If he didn't work in the classic forms, you'd say it was close to "Light Music" and, well, maybe it is. Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Neville Marriner.

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