JIM PARKER (b.1934): A South American Journey for Recorders, Harp, String Quartet and Double Bass, Bonjour M. Grappelli for String Quartet, 3 Diversions for Recorders, Harp, String Quartet and Double Bass, Hoofers for Oboe, Piano and String Quartet.
Catalogue Number: 05S057
Label: Divine Art
Reference: dda 25146
Description: Good light music doesn’t have to be only for orchestra! Perhaps the name of Jim Parker is not well known - but his music is loved worldwide. Composer of numerous film and theatre scores, he is best known for his television music which includes Foyle's War, House of Cards, Midsomer Murders and many more. He has won the British Academy Award for Best TV Music on no less than four occasions. This brilliant album collects a number of Parker's recent compositions which are not directly for TV but still have a marvelous pictorial quality and display his remarkable talent for memorable melodies and coloration, whether it be the recorder acting like a Peruvian pipe, or violins emulating the hurdy-gurdy. Light music albums of this quality are very rare these days and this is a gem. The Solem Quartet, John Turner (recorders), Anna Christensen (harp), Alex Jones (double basss), Richard Simpson (oboe), Janet Simpson (piano).