Peter Dickinson: Piano Music

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Peter Dickinson: Piano Music



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31st May 2011




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Peter Dickinson: Piano Music


Wild Rose Rag

world premiere recording

Blue Rose

world premiere recording

Paraphrase II

world premiere recording

Concerto Rag

Quartet Rag

world premiere recording

Vitalitas Variations

world premiere recording

Three Satie Transformations (based on Gnossiennes)

world premiere recording

Bach in Blue

world premiere recording

Hymn-Tune Rag

world premiere recording

Patriotic Rag

world premiere recording

Four Piano Blues

world premiere recording

Five Diversions

world premiere recording

Peter Dickinson (piano)


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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. It supplements two other Naxos releases by the British composer, writer and pianist: Complete Solo Organ Works (8572169) and Apocalypse- Larkin-Forgeries (8572287). The rags are in the notated tradition of classical ragtime. 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’. Dickinson has been hailed by Gramophone as ‘a composer who has escaped the confines of the predictable without ever ceasing to communicate’.

Peter Dickinson: Wild Rose Rag

Wild Rose Rag

Peter Dickinson: Blue Rose

Blue Rose

Peter Dickinson: Paraphrase 2

Theme: quarter note = 80 or less

Variation 1: quarter note = 120-132

Variation 2: quarter note = 50

Variation 3: quarter note = 120

Variation 4: quarter note = 104-120

Variation 5: quartet note = 54

Variation 6: quarter note = 120-132

Peter Dickinson: Concerto Rag

Concerto Rag

Peter Dickinson: Quartet Rag

Quartet Rag

Peter Dickinson: Vitalitas Variations

Theme: Con moto

Variation 1: Andante

Variation 2: Allegretto

Variation 3: Lento

Variation 4: Moderato

Variation 5: Andante

Variation 6: Lento

Variation 7: Vivace - Quasi lento - Allegro

Peter Dickinson: Satie Transformations

No. 1.

No. 2.

No. 3.

Peter Dickinson: Bach in Blue

Bach in Blue

Peter Dickinson: Hymn-Tune Rag

Hymn-Tune Rag

Peter Dickinson: Patriotic Rag

Patriotic Rag

Peter Dickinson: Piano Blues

No. 1. Extremely slow and quiet

No. 2. Very slow and intense

No. 3. Very slow and intimate

No. 4. Slow and sustained

Peter Dickinson: 5 Diversions

No. 1. Amiable

No. 2. Lyrical

No. 3. Gently jazzy

No. 4. Quiet and dreamy

No. 5. Lively and brash

Classic FM Magazine

October 2011


“a disc that is as entertaining and whimsical as it is varied in its depth and range...As you would expect, the composer's playing is immaculate - and he also provides an illuminating booklet: altogether an impressive achievement.”

Gramophone Magazine

February 2012

“One assumes that the pianist Dickinson's spirited and accomplished performances reflect the composer Dickinson's wishes...Dickinson's booklet-notes reveal him to be equally articulate and erudite away from the keyboard and the composing desk. An enjoyable release, highly recommended.”

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