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The Piper of Dreams: Music by Christopher Ball

The Adderbury Ensemble with Paul Arden-Taylor (oboe & recorder)

Paul Arden-Taylor, Christopher Ball

Adderbury Ensemble

Catalogue number: DRD 104

Price: £10.00

Tuneful, entertaining works by the English composer Christopher Ball, who also conducts the Adderbury Ensemble on this premiere recording. Includes the Recorder Concerto ("The Piper of Dreams"), Oboe Concerto, Scenes from a Comedy for wind quintet, and Pagan Piper and Pan Overheard for unaccompanied recorder.

"Beautiful ... engaging ... hauntingly mellifluous ... a composer of rare brilliance ... some of the most delightful music in the modern woodwind repertoire" (Recorder Magazine)

"This is a charming disc to relax with, full of the sheer enjoyment of the music" (Double Reed News)

"Unremittingly pleasant ... Paul Arden-Taylor plays these technically-challenging works with authority and obvious affection" (American Record Guide)

"I enjoyed the whole 67 minutes greatly" (David Mellor, Classic FM)

"Perfect music for a relaxing summer day" (Humphrey Carpenter, BBC Radio 3)

"Sheer joy throughout ... superbly crafted ... beautifully lyrical ... highly attractive and entertaining ... rarely indeed have I heard such seemingly effortless and immaculate recorder playing" (Hubert Culot, Musicweb)

"Not only is his music tonal, well-crafted and melodic, it is unmistakably English and has an individual voice; the concertos are a delight, full of jaunty, confident ideas and whimsical turns of phrase" (Jeremy Nicholas, Classic FM Magazine, awarded runner-up Record of the Month, July 2000)