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Dickinson: Pianos, Voices and Brass / Söderstrom, et al

Audio Samples

  1. Peter Dickinson — Bach In Blue $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Peter Dickinson — Winter Afternoons
  3. Peter Dickinson — Five Diversions: Amiable $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Peter Dickinson — Five Diversions: Lyrical $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Peter Dickinson — Five Diversions: Gently Jazzy $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Peter Dickinson — Five Diversions: Quiet and Dreamy $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Peter Dickinson — Five Diversions: Lively and Brash $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Peter Dickinson — Sonata for Piano With Tape Playback: Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Peter Dickinson — Sonata for Piano With Tape Playback: Trance $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Peter Dickinson — Sonata for Piano With Tape Playback: Confrontations - Epilogue $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Peter Dickinson — Four Easy Pieces: Mostly Fifths $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Peter Dickinson — Four Easy Pieces: Judas Tree Blues $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Peter Dickinson — Four Easy Pieces: Just a Tune $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Peter Dickinson — Four Easy Pieces: Black and White $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Peter Dickinson — Eight Very Easy Pieces: For Erik Satie $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Peter Dickinson — Eight Very Easy Pieces: Bells $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Peter Dickinson — Eight Very Easy Pieces: A Bit of Syncopation $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Peter Dickinson — Eight Very Easy Pieces: A Bit of Syncopation Inverted $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Peter Dickinson — Eight Very Easy Pieces: Quintuple $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Peter Dickinson — Eight Very Easy Pieces: Lochrian Mode $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Peter Dickinson — Eight Very Easy Pieces: Exchanges $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Peter Dickinson — Eight Very Easy Pieces: Just a Waltz $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Peter Dickinson — The Unicorns: Fanfares and Choruses $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Peter Dickinson — The Unicorns: Lullaby $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Peter Dickinson — The Unicorns: Dance $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Peter Dickinson — The Unicorns: Interrupted Love Song $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Peter Dickinson — The Unicorns: A Celebration Fugue $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Peter Dickinson — The Unicorns: The Ballad of St. Brendan $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Dickinson, Peter : Bach In Blue, for piano
>Dickinson, Peter : Winter Afternoons, for vocal ensemble & double bass
>Dickinson, Peter : Diversions (5), for piano
>Dickinson, Peter : Sonatas for piano with tape playback
>Dickinson, Peter : Easy Pieces (4) for piano
>Dickinson, Peter : Very Easy Pieces (8) for piano
>Dickinson, Peter : The Unicorns, for soprano & brass ensemble
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Here is a welcome anthology of music by Peter Dickinson that includes five piano works, four of them played by the composer, and two quite substantial vocal works. The disc opens with the rather odd Bach in Blue (2004), a series of blue meanderings above the famous Bach prelude, and a tribute, according to the composer, to Bach and Michael and Lennox Berkeley. The rather earlier Winter Afternoons follows, a set of Emily Dickinson poems set in 1971 for the King's Singers. This is an impressive cantata, beautifully scored for the particular vocal qualities of the group and including a double bass, which both anchors the sound and complements it, as well as in some degree symbolising, as Dickinson notes, the theme of death with which the poems deal The collection is rounded off with The Unicorns, effectively another cantata, which exists in several versions. The scoring here is for solo soprano (Elisabeth Söderström) and brass ensemble, and once again the first thing that strikes one is how effectively the composer deploys colour, in this case both vocal and instrumental. The resources of the brass ensemble seem particularly suited to Dickinson's eclectic voice. Recordings, though they come from various sources and were made at different times, are uniformly good, and performances commensurately excellent." -Gramophone



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Works Details

>Dickinson, Peter : Bach In Blue, for piano
  • Performer: Peter Dickinson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Dickinson, Peter : Winter Afternoons, for vocal ensemble & double bass
  • Performer: Rodney Slatford (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1971

>Dickinson, Peter : Diversions (5), for piano
  • Performer: Peter Dickinson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1963

>Dickinson, Peter : Sonatas for piano with tape playback
  • Performer: Eric Parkin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987

>Dickinson, Peter : Easy Pieces (4) for piano
  • Performer: Peter Dickinson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1965

>Dickinson, Peter : Very Easy Pieces (8) for piano
  • Performer: Peter Dickinson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1979

>Dickinson, Peter : The Unicorns, for soprano & brass ensemble
  • Performer: Elisabeth Söderström (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Lars-Gunnar Björklund
  • Ensemble: Solna Brass
  • Notes: Swedish Radio, Stockholm, Sweden (11/01/1982/11/29/1982)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982