Marcus Blunt – Orchestral Works


Catalogue No: MSV 28570
EAN/UPC: 809730857027
Artists: , , ,
Release Date: January 2018
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 63:21

Marcus Blunt (70 this year) is a well established British composer with an international voice – his harmonic language is distinctive and varied; arising from the Romantic tradition but full of complex contrapuntal chromaticism – and also touched by the mystic in subtle ways, perhaps more apparent in his solo piano music. These works are firmly in the modern mainstream and deserve a wide audience; from the convoluted lines of the Concerto, the restrained small orchestration of the Symphony to the picturesque nature of the Bassoon Concertino, Blunt’s works retain an intense interest for the listener.

Murray McLachlan, one of the UK’s most celebrated pianists, has long championed Blunt’s work. Lesley Wilson is one of Britain’s most seasoned bassoonists and the award-winning Manchester Camerata has recently risen to the highest ranking among British chamber orchestra.

Track Listing

    Marcus Blunt (b. 1947): Piano Concerto

  1. I. Molto moderato
  2. II. Largo
  3. III. Allegro
  4. Aspects of Saturn
  5. Concertino for Bassoon and String Orchestra

  6. I. Prelude
  7. II. Aria
  8. III. Scherzo
  9. IV. Elegy
  10. V. Finale
  11. Symphony No. 2

  12. I. Allegretto
  13. II. Andante
  14. III. Allegretto
  15. IV. Allegretto


The Chronicle

Excellent CD: it tackles big themes without being intimidating and while decidedly modern [keeps] both feet in the traditional and harmonious camp. Blunt is well worth investigating, a modern composer with an old-school sound and never off-putting.

” —Jeremy Condliffe
MusicWeb International

Tonally based, lyrically romantic, embracing a modern idiom yet eminently approachable. This valuable release provides a fascinating conspectus of the composer’s orchestral music. The performances are uniformly excellent.

” —Stephen Greenbank
The Whole Note

The pervading elusiveness of Blunt’s music makes for an unusually intriguing listening experience. The Manchester Camerata under Stephen Threlfall provides solid support throughout.

” —Michael Schulman
MusicWeb International

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
Musical Opinion

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