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

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