Peter Dickinson: Three Concertos & Merseyside Echoes

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Peter Dickinson: Three Concertos & Merseyside Echoes



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10th Nov 2014




75 minutes


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Peter Dickinson: Three Concertos & Merseyside Echoes


Piano Concerto

recorded at Watford Town Hall on 30th January 1986

Howard Shelley (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, David Atherton

Violin Concerto

recorded at Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, 2nd & 3rd April 2014

Chloe Hanslip (violin)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Clark Rundell

Organ Concerto

recorded at the Royal Festival Hall on 31 January 1986

Jennifer Bate (organ)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, David Atherton

Merseyside Echoes

recorded at Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, 2nd & 3rd April 2014



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Heritage presents a brand new recording of a British Violin Concerto. Chloe Hanslip gives the world premiere recording of Peter Dickinson’s Violin Concerto, accompanied by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conducted by Clark Rundell. This release marks the 80th birthday of Peter Dickinson. The performance is coupled with recordings of the Piano Concerto (Howard Shelley) and Organ Concerto (Jennifer Bate), both works accompanied by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Atherton. Also included is the world premiere recording of Merseyside Echoes, Dickinson’s light-hearted tribute to The Beatles. The concertos form the core of Dickinson’s output and are a summary of his approach to the three solo instruments. All are in a concentrated single movement where the soloists are almost constantly involved, as in a large chamber work.

Peter Dickinson: Piano Concerto

I. Adagio

II. Solo

III. Lento

IV. Variation I

V. Variation II

VI. Variation III

VII. Adagio

VIII. Quasi cadenza


X. Moderato

XI. Meno mosso

XII. Molto allegro

XIII. Absolutely tranquil

Peter Dickinson: Violin Concerto

I. Allegro

II. L'istesso tempo

III. Waltz

IV. Variation II

V. Variation III

VI. Adagio

VII. Lamentoso

VIII. Tranquillo

IX. Grave

X. Ritmico

XI. Pesante

XII. Meno mosso

Peter Dickinson: Organ Concerto

I. Grave

II. Allegro

III. Adagio

IV. Adagio

V. Allegro molto

VI. Adagio

VII. Allegro molto

VIII. Adagio

XI. Grave

Peter Dickinson: Merseyside Echoes

Merseyside Echoes

International Record Review

November 2014

“intriguing and delightful … subtle and entertaining, the enjoyment enhanced by Dickinson’s detailed booklet notes.”

MusicWeb International

7th November 2014

“These works display Dickinson’s ability to write music that is at the same time approachable and challenging. His ability to fuse diverse musical styles is masterly. This is a fitting 80th birthday tribute to a great composer, performer, teacher and writer.”

Classical Music

January 2015

“With a keen ear for sonority, and not one to miss a trick theatrically, Dickinson’s concertos show the composer at his most imaginative.”

Gramophone Magazine

January 2015

“these three concertos exemplify the resourceful and subtle interplay between 'popular' and 'art' music which has long been central to his thinking...Bate gives an assured reading, as does Howard Shelley of the Piano Concerto...Detailed notes from the composer further enhance this absorbing and highly recommendable release.”

BBC Music Magazine

January 2015


“Peter Dickinson's three concertos delight in playfulness, and imaginative use of Americana and Beethoven. The Violin Concerto is a premiere recording.”

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