***CD Release January 2018***

 

‘Marcus Blunt is one of those genuine British composers whose music has been unfairly overlooked for too long. This remarkably successful disc presents four of his works. Magnificently performed, very well recorded and finely balanced – and the entire production is strongly recommended.’ –Robert Matthew-Walker

‘I found the entire [piano] concerto deeply moving and completely satisfying. The balance of soloist and orchestra is first-rate. [Aspects of Saturn is] perfectly formed and quite simply gorgeous. This is a fascinating retrospective of Marcus Blunt’s orchestral music. The four works are well-chosen to provide an excellent introduction to his musical idiom. The quality of the recording is ideal.’ –John France

Available here.

Marcus Blunt was born in Birmingham in 1947. Although around the age of 9 he had piano lessons from his father for a year or more, and made his first attempts at composition, his interest in music did not really take off until he was 14. He went on to study composition at University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, graduating in 1970. After a remarkably wide variety of abodes – in rural Warwickshire, Manchester, York, and London – and occupations – ranging from warehouse packer and photographic processor to department manager at a music publishers – he settled in Derby in 1976 as a teacher of woodwind instruments. In 1990 he and his wife Maureen decided to seek a more congenial environment for his composing work, and are now enjoying the gentler pace of life just North of the Border. In 1997 Dumfries Music Club appointed him as their Hon. Composer-in-Residence.

Calendar

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Marcus Blunt: Aspects of Saturn @ Music Hall, Aberdeen
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm

ABERDEEN SINFONIETTA
conducted by GARRY WALKER
with SIMON SMITH (piano)

Ibert: Hommage à Mozart
James Dillon: Fujin for piano solo
Beethoven: Fourth piano concerto
Marcus Blunt: Aspects of Saturn (for string orchestra)
Mozart: Symphony No 39

Tickets £15, students/unemployed £7.50
Accompanied schoolchildren free

In Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto, Aberdeen Sinfonietta is joined by the pianist Simon Smith, who has been described in The Scotsman as “a phenomenon – nothing daunts him technically or musically”.  He will also play the Scottish composer James Dillon’s Fujin, written in 2011: the title refers to the Japanese god of the wind.  The other contemporary work in the programme is Marcus Blunt’s beautiful and intriguing Aspects of Saturn. The concert begins with Ibert’s very lively Hommage à Mozart, and ends appropriately with the first of Mozart’s three great final symphonies