Hat Box (PFCD166) £12.50
John Turner (recorder) and Neil Smith (guitar)
1 Top Hat Quadrille
2 Breton Beret (Valse Mélancolique)
3 Mexican Hat Dance
4 Smokey Stetson Shuffle (...after the shoot-out...)
5 Deerstalker's Jig
6 Baseball Cap Stomp
7 Best Bonnet Waltz
8 Cloth Cap Galop
9 ŠTĚPÁN RAK: ARIOSO
10 ANON: GREENSLEEVES TO A GROUND
11 ERNEST TOMLINSON: CHADKIRK IDYLL
12 JOHN PURSER: SKYE BLUE*
DAVID ELLIS: FRED'S BLUE GINGER STAIRCASE MUSIC, Op.72
13 Waltz in Green Chiffon
14 Steps in Blue
15 Escalation in Red
16 JACOB VAN EYCK: VARIATIONS ON DOWLAND'S COMAGIN
JOHN GOLLAND: NEW WORLD DANCES, Op.62
19 Bossa Nova
THREE PIECES FROM “T UITNEMENT KABINET”
20 Brande Yrlandt
21 Courante Monsieur
JOHN DUARTE: UN PETIT JAZZ OP. 92
25 Five and Six
27 JOHN DUARTE: UN PETIT BIS OP. 92A
PETER HOPE: BRAMALL HALL DANCES
28 Round Dance
CD previously released as Campion Cameo 2020, except *additional recording
The main work on this reissue of the original Campion Cameo release is the eponymous Hat Box (Alan Bullard), a celebration of the town of Stockport, home to recorder virtuoso John Turner, to whom (with guitarist Neil Smith) this piece is dedicated. Stockport was formerly the centre of the hat-manufacturing industry and gave its name to the hymn-tune Stockport, written by 18th century Stockport organist John Wainwright for the carol Christians awake, salute the happy morn. The eight hats depicted in this suite refer to phrases from Wainwright’s famous tune.
The rest of this delightful collection for recorder and guitar features works by composers with North-West connections, such as David Ellis and John Golland, and other friends of John’s who enjoy writing for the recorder maestro. Added to this re-release is one new recording, a new composition for solo recorder by Scottish composer John Purser. This is a beautiful, evocative, and haunting work entitled Skye Blue, a musical depiction of the Isle of Skye, where the composer currently resides.
This recording was made with financial assistance from Savoy lnvestment Management Ltd., and Forsyth Brothers Ltd.
Recorded at Chadkirk Chapel, Romiley, on 22nd / 23rd April 2002 and Manchester University Department of Music on 29th August 2002, except track 12, recorded at Heatons Studio, Stockport, 11th June 2021.
Recorded and engineered by Richard Scott except track 12 engineered by Steve Plews edited and mastered by Phil Hardman.
Edited and mastered at Light Age Ltd., Didsbury, Manchester.
Produced by David Ellis.
Music Notes compiled by John Turner.
John Turner plays on recorders by Friedrich von Huene, Dolmetsch, Moeck and Küng.
Neil Smith plays on a guitar by Martin Fleeson, with strings by D'addario.
You can read more about the CD on the Prima Facie blog, Recitative
John Turner moved from a legal career to become one of the country’s leading recorder players, performing and being broadcast as soloist with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Academy of Ancient Music, English Chamber Orchestra, English Baroque Soloists, Early Music Consort and many others. He has played in four continents and given many recitals on BBC Radio 3. He has given the premières of over 500 works and received an honorary Fellowship from the RNCM for his services to British music.
Neil Smith started his musical studies at an early age, but trained as a scientist. In his teenage years he was active as a rock and jazz musician before devoting himself to the study of the classical guitar. After study in London with John Duarte and Julian Byzantine, he was awarded a Scott Scholarship to study in Canada in 1975 with Alirio Diaz and Leo Brouwer, and that year established himself as one of Britain's most prominent guitarists. After his Wigmore Hall debut in 1975, concerts followed in Norway, Switzerland and Holland, and he has since built up a following all over the world. In 2000 he was honoured to perform Rodrigo's Concerto de Aranjuez at Glamis Castle for the l00th birthday celebrations for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. His CDs include a recital of the music of John Duarte and a survey of Latin-American guitar music.