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Peter Dickinson: Solo Piano Music

Audio Samples

>Dickinson, Peter : Wild Rose Rag, for piano
>Dickinson, Peter : Blue Rose, for piano
>Dickinson, Peter : Paraphrase no 2, for piano
>Dickinson, Peter : Concerto Rag, for piano
>Dickinson, Peter : Quartet Rag, for piano
>Dickinson, Peter : Vitalitas Variations, for piano
>Dickinson, Peter : Satie Transformations (3), for piano (based on Satie's "Gnossiennes")
>Dickinson, Peter : Bach In Blue, for piano
>Dickinson, Peter : Hymn-Tune Rag, for piano
>Dickinson, Peter : Patriotic Rag, for piano
>Dickinson, Peter : Blues (4) for piano
>Dickinson, Peter : Diversions (5), for piano

Album Summary

>Dickinson, Peter : Wild Rose Rag, for piano
>Dickinson, Peter : Blue Rose, for piano
>Dickinson, Peter : Paraphrase no 2, for piano
>Dickinson, Peter : Concerto Rag, for piano
>Dickinson, Peter : Quartet Rag, for piano
>Dickinson, Peter : Vitalitas Variations, for piano
>Dickinson, Peter : Satie Transformations (3), for piano (based on Satie's "Gnossiennes")
>Dickinson, Peter : Bach In Blue, for piano
>Dickinson, Peter : Hymn-Tune Rag, for piano
>Dickinson, Peter : Patriotic Rag, for piano
>Dickinson, Peter : Blues (4) for piano
>Dickinson, Peter : Diversions (5), for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

This eccentric and often amusing collection contains Peter Dickinson's rags, blues and take-offs in first recordings of all but one of the works. Christopher Palmer said about Dickinson's music, 'Conflicts, juxtapositions, attempted syntheses - his work is full of them, all shook-up, all mixed up, all jazzed-up... yet always keenly imagined and meticulously reasoned and realised'.

Gramophone
Gorgeous harmonies and fresh rhythmic invention [Dickinson] divines throughout his blues-to-boogie revamping of Satie's Gnossiennes never fail to delight and engage the ear. The same can be said for his slow and spacious Four Piano Blues.

Classic FM
Best of all are Blue Rose and Bach in Blue, a hauntingly lovely treatment of Bach's C major Prelude No.1 from The Well-Tempered Clavier. As you would expect, the composer's playing is immaculate - and he also provides an illuminating booklet; altogether an impressive achievement.

MusicWeb International
A more versatile listener than I will likely enjoy all of it, but Peter Dickinson is a composer comfortable in an impressive range of styles and able to play it all. This album is a pleasure.

American Record Guide
Mr Dickinson is a wonderful pianist, and the recordings... sound great.

MusicWeb International
This is an excellent CD. However as noted above there is a serious side to what is billed as 'eccentric and often amusing'. I like virtually every track on this disc. However I could just about manage to get by without the rags and the blues. The Paraphrase and the Vitalitas are much more enduring and demanding works that deserve to be in the repertoire for all time.



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Works Details

>Dickinson, Peter : Wild Rose Rag, for piano
  • Performer: Peter Dickinson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Dickinson, Peter : Blue Rose, for piano
  • Performer: Peter Dickinson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1979

>Dickinson, Peter : Paraphrase no 2, for piano
  • Performer: Peter Dickinson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1967

>Dickinson, Peter : Concerto Rag, for piano
  • Performer: Peter Dickinson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980

>Dickinson, Peter : Quartet Rag, for piano
  • Performer: Peter Dickinson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1976

>Dickinson, Peter : Vitalitas Variations, for piano
  • Performer: Peter Dickinson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1957

>Dickinson, Peter : Satie Transformations (3), for piano (based on Satie's "Gnossiennes")
  • Performer: Peter Dickinson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1970

>Dickinson, Peter : Bach In Blue, for piano
  • Performer: Peter Dickinson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Dickinson, Peter : Hymn-Tune Rag, for piano
  • Performer: Peter Dickinson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1985

>Dickinson, Peter : Patriotic Rag, for piano
  • Performer: Peter Dickinson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Dickinson, Peter : Blues (4) for piano
  • Performer: Peter Dickinson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1973

>Dickinson, Peter : Diversions (5), for piano
  • Performer: Peter Dickinson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1963