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 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 5:16 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

You´re welcome TG.

You can get it from Amazon UK or Amazon, but you should be quick, it seems to be vanishing from the market.



Researching this, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was written for the City of Leeds - my home town. Makes it even more of a must!

TG

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 8:59 AM   
 By:   Kari Tuhkanen   (Member)

You´re welcome TG.

You can get it from Amazon UK or Amazon, but you should be quick, it seems to be vanishing from the market.



Researching this, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was written for the City of Leeds - my home town. Makes it even more of a must!

TG


Nice to hear!

BTW, you can also get the Concerto as part of a 5 CD set called My England - A Collection of Timeless English Concertos from Amazon UK; it´s really a bargain with music by Finzi, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Gardner, Arnold, Stanford, Horovitz, Hope, Jacob, Rawsthorne, Leighton, Gunning, Lambert and Fogg. Gunning´s Saxophone Concerto for example, is a real find for film music aficionados as well as Hope´s Concertino for Bassoon.

 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 11:40 AM   
 By:   Tom Guernsey   (Member)

Well my first listen to the violin concerto was very enjoyable, another lovely work to get to know. My only obvious comment on the production is that the dynamics are rather wide and it's rather quiet a lot of the time with a few loud outbursts. I'm not one for lots of compression (as someone once said, Classic FM in the UK use so much compression that Haydn's Surprise Symphony no longer has a surprise in it) but the Blake violin concerto is perhaps a bit too much the other way! Still, a most enjoyable work, well performed.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 1:16 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Listening to Conquest of Space on spotify now.
Is that the Ondes Martenot I hear, around the half-way stage, giving it a certain Elmer B flavour?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 4:09 PM   
 By:   Kari Tuhkanen   (Member)

Listening to Conquest of Space on spotify now.
Is that the Ondes Martenot I hear, around the half-way stage, giving it a certain Elmer B flavour?


Yup, you heard it right. It gives a very eerie ring of distant space to the music too.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 5:15 PM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

A bit of Blake trivia - did you know that he was Ridley Scott's first choice to score ALIEN, the two of them having got on so well during the making of THE DUELLISTS?

Apparently Scott pushed and pushed and pushed for Blake to score it, but Fox refused to go with a no-name composer and "forced" him to use an estalished name in Jerry Goldsmith. Blake even wrote demos, but they still wouldn't have it. As great as Goldsmith's score was, it does make you wonder "what if" Blake had scored it, and where his career might have gone as a result.

It also might explain a little bit about why Scott tinkered around with Goldsmith's score so much, having to work with a composer he didn't especially want to.

Love Blake's work, especially THE SNOWMAN and RIDDLE OF THE SANDS.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 5:37 PM   
 By:   Kari Tuhkanen   (Member)

Yes, I have heard it.

We possibly never would have had the masterful Snowman, if Blake had composed the music for Alien.

 
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