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A Celebration of Paul Reade

English Chamber Orchestra

A Celebration of Paul Reade

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212075821
Catnr: SIGCD 758
Release date: 18 August 2023
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Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212075821
Catalogue number
SIGCD 758
Release date
18 August 2023
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About the album

Paul Reade died 25 years ago. He is remembered for his delightful Victorian Kitchen Garden music (Ivor Novello Award) and television themes such as Antiques Roadshow. However, he also wrote a huge range of equally wonderful but less well-known pieces, full of melodic invention, wit and fabulous energy.

For some time, his widow, flautist Philippa Davies, has had the vision of recording a selection of these magical pieces. They are previously unpublished and unrecorded works that deserve to be heard.

We want to celebrate his music with this premier recording which will be issued in time for what would have been Paul's 80th birthday, early 2023.

Artist(s)

English Chamber Orchestra

The English Chamber Orchestra (ECO) is the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world, its discography containing 860 recordings of over 1,500 works by more than 400 composers. The ECO has also performed in more countries than any other orchestra, and played with many of the world’s greatest musicians. The American radio network CPRN has selected ECO as one of the world’s greatest ‘living’ orchestras. The illustrious history of the orchestra features many major musical figures. Benjamin Britten was the orchestra’s first Patron and a significant musical influence. The ECO’s long relationship with Daniel Barenboim led to an acclaimed complete cycle of Mozart piano concertos as live performances and recordings, followed later by two further recordings of the complete cycle, with Murray Perahia and Mitsuko Uchida. The Orchestra has...
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The English Chamber Orchestra (ECO) is the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world, its discography containing 860 recordings of over 1,500 works by more than 400 composers.

The ECO has also performed in more countries than any other orchestra, and played with many of the world’s greatest musicians. The American radio network CPRN has selected ECO as one of the world’s greatest ‘living’ orchestras. The illustrious history of the orchestra features many major musical figures. Benjamin Britten was the orchestra’s first Patron and a significant musical influence.

The ECO’s long relationship with Daniel Barenboim led to an acclaimed complete cycle of Mozart piano concertos as live performances and recordings, followed later by two further recordings of the complete cycle, with Murray Perahia and Mitsuko Uchida.

The Orchestra has been chosen to record many successful film soundtracks including Dario Marianelli’s prizewinning scores for Atonement and Pride and Prejudice, and several James Bond soundtracks, and has taken part in a variety of other film and television projects.


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Robin O'Neill (conductor)'>Robin O'Neill (conductor)

Composer(s)

Paul Reade

Paul Reade (1943-1997) was born in Liverpool, UK. From 1962-65 he studied piano with Alan Richardson at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He went on to the London Opera Centre before becoming répétiteur with the English National Opera. Meanwhile he also had his own compositions performed, including in 1965 his first orchestral piece, Overture to a City, by the Academy Orchestra under Maurice Handford. His grounding in opera and experience with musical theatre proved immensely valuable when he moved on, as a freelance composer, to BBC television. He was able to write music for specific purposes, achieving full expression in a short timescale, taking in account practicalities such as deadlines and limitations of resources. For the BBC children’s programme Play School he was not only pianist and songwriter, he also wrote its famous signature tune. Much...
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Paul Reade (1943-1997) was born in Liverpool, UK. From 1962-65 he studied piano with Alan Richardson at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He went on to the London Opera Centre before becoming répétiteur with the English National Opera. Meanwhile he also had his own compositions performed, including in 1965 his first orchestral piece, Overture to a City, by the Academy Orchestra under Maurice Handford.
His grounding in opera and experience with musical theatre proved immensely valuable when he moved on, as a freelance composer, to BBC television. He was able to write music for specific purposes, achieving full expression in a short timescale, taking in account practicalities such as deadlines and limitations of resources.
For the BBC children’s programme Play School he was not only pianist and songwriter, he also wrote its famous signature tune. Much more music for children’s television followed: Crystal Tipps and Alistair, Ludwig, The Flumps, Mortimer and Arabel and Alphabet Castle. Other works for children included The Midas Touch, Cinderella and Aesop’s Fables, all for narrator and orchestra, and his children’s opera David and Goliath.
Paul also wrote musical scores for classic TV drama series such as A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations and Jane Eyre. Other television scores include the popular signature tune for Antiques Roadshow, Tom’s Midnight Children and the music for The Victorian Kitchen Garden for which he won the Ivor Novello Award 1991.
Given his talent for composing music which tells a story, it seemed almost inevitable that he would turn to writing ballets. Together with choreographer David Bintley he created Hobson’s Choice and Far from the Madding Crowd for the Birmingham Royal Ballet, both hugely successful.
Other ballets included Byron, Cinderella and The Match Girl and the Flame.
Paul’s output of concert music included larger scale music like the Flute Concerto and the Bassoon Concerto (Catalonia), songs for voice and orchestra: Chants du Roussillon, El cant dels ocells, The Lark in a Clear Air, a cantata The Ballad of Judas Iscariot and several works for choir: Seascapes, The Journey of the Winds, St. Brendan and the Fishes and Songs of Oisin.
There are also some wonderful chamber music works: a saxophone quartet, Luckbarrow Dances for oboe trio, Serenata for wind sextet, Aspects of a Landscape for oboe or flute solo, and the Dance Preludes for flute, viola and harp. Paul Reade died in 1997, he was 54.

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01.
Suite from The Victorian Kitchen Garden: I. Prelude: Andante pastorale
03:11
(Paul Reade) Philippa Davies, Helen Tunstall, English Chamber Orchestra
02.
Suite from The Victorian Kitchen Garden: II. Spring: Allegretto
01:20
(Paul Reade) Helen Tunstall, Philippa Davies, English Chamber Orchestra
03.
Suite from The Victorian Kitchen Garden: III. Mists: Lento melancolico
01:59
(Paul Reade) Helen Tunstall, Philippa Davies, English Chamber Orchestra
04.
Suite from The Victorian Kitchen Garden: IV. Exotica: Allegro ritmico
01:46
(Paul Reade) Helen Tunstall, Philippa Davies, English Chamber Orchestra
05.
Suite from The Victorian Kitchen Garden: V. Summer: Flowing
02:05
(Paul Reade) Helen Tunstall, Philippa Davies, English Chamber Orchestra
06.
Chants du Rousillon: I. Are vé lo mes de maig
05:18
(Paul Reade) Pumeza Matshikiza, English Chamber Orchestra
07.
Chants du Rousillon: II. De matinet me vaig llevar
02:57
(Paul Reade) Pumeza Matshikiza, English Chamber Orchestra
08.
Chants du Rousillon: III. Tot anit som caminat
02:51
(Paul Reade) Pumeza Matshikiza, English Chamber Orchestra
09.
Chants du Rousillon: IV. El pare m’ha casada
02:55
(Paul Reade) Pumeza Matshikiza, English Chamber Orchestra
10.
Chants du Rousillon: V. Rossinyol, que vas en França
02:29
(Paul Reade) Pumeza Matshikiza, English Chamber Orchestra
11.
El cant dels ocells
03:29
(Paul Reade) Pumeza Matshikiza, English Chamber Orchestra
12.
Catalonia for Bassoon and Orchestra (Orchestrated by Tim Gibson)
07:22
(Paul Reade) Laurence Perkins, English Chamber Orchestra
13.
Serenata for Wind Sextet: I. Slow - Allegretto pastorale
06:05
(Paul Reade) London Winds
14.
Serenata for Wind Sextet: II. Moderato
01:52
(Paul Reade) London Winds
15.
Serenata for Wind Sextet: III. Allegro
04:55
(Paul Reade) London Winds
16.
Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra: I. Andante lirico
09:36
(Paul Reade) Philippa Davies, English Chamber Orchestra
17.
Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra: II. Nocturne
06:47
(Paul Reade) Philippa Davies, English Chamber Orchestra
18.
Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra: III. Allegro con spirito
06:49
(Paul Reade) Philippa Davies, English Chamber Orchestra
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