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Heritage Chamber

Blue Clavichord

Blue ClavichordHTGCD259 – 5060332660407

A very unusual disc of 20th Century music for clavichord, harpsichord and recorder. The Verdher Trio, Jane Chapman, John Turner and Peter Dickinson play chamber music for varying ensembles by Duke Ellington, Alan Ridout, Alun Hoddinott, Jeremy Dale Roberts and Peter Dickinson.

78 minutes

‘This CD is a modern take on an instrument from an earlier era and can be enjoyed for its sheer wealth of experimental sonorities undreamt of by composers from that far off time.’
– British Music Society Journal, July 2015

‘intriguing and delightful… subtle and entertaining, the enjoyment enhanced by Dickinson’s detailed booklet notes’
– Nigel Simeone, International Record Review, November 2014

‘With relatively little twentieth-century music for clavichord available on CD, this disc provides welcome and fascinating listening.’
– The British Clavichord Society Newsletter, June 2014
 
‘A disc packed with unusual delights, well worth hearing.’
– Gramophone January 2014
 
‘This is quirky album: I do not believe that the performers and producers of this CD would deny that fact. When it landed on my doorstep, I wondered just what to make of it. If I am honest, I was tempted not to review it – I wondered what on earth I could say about it. However, I was wrong, wrong, wrong! This is a captivating exploration of some interesting musical byways typically arranged or devised for clavichord, but also featuring harpsichord, piano, recorder, violin and clarinet. I have come to realise that the clavichord can be just as effective in the performance of ‘contemporary’ music as it is of Bach… The presentation of all these works is convincing and committed. The liner notes by Peter Dickinson are ideal and the sound quality is excellent.’
– Music Web International 2013
 
‘The intimacy of the clavichord is ideally suited to the CD, but very few 20th Century pieces have been recorded, which makes these performances of unusual repertoire particularly welcome and frequently entertaining.’
– Christopher Hogwood

Track Listing

PETER DICKINSON

Suite for the Centenary of Lord Berners for clavichord (1983)

1. Blues – 1.36

2. Jig – 1.50

3. March – 1.27

4. Dirge – 3.14

5. Waltz – 3.14

6. Blues – 1.21

 
ALAN RIDOUT

Suite for clavichord (1960)

7. I – 3.19

8. II – 1.15

9. III – 1.28

10. IV – 1.01

11. V – 2.37

 
PETER DICKINSON

Variations on a French Folk Song for harpsichord (1957)

12. Theme – 0.28

13. Fairly broad – 0.40

14. Lightly – 0.28

15. Lively – 0.28

16. Rhythmic but not fast – 0.44

17. Slow and quiet – 2.07

18. Gentle and tranquil – 0.41

19. Waltz – 0.51

20. Very fast, rhythmic – 1.44

 
JEREMY DALE ROBERTS

21. Hymn for recorder and piano (1958/2012) – 1.52

 
PETER DICKINSON

Pastorale, Blues and Homage for recorder and piano

22. A James Joyce Pastorale (1955/2012) – 1.41

23. A Robert Burns Blues (1967/2012) – 3.32

24. Homage to Poulenc (1963/2008) – 2.46

 
PETER DICKINSON

25. Bach in Blue for violin, clarinet and piano (2004/2010) – 6.05

 
PETER DICKINSON

Five Diversions for clavichord (1963)

26. Prelude – 1.23

27. Aria – 2.54

28. Ragtime – 1.38

29. Sarabande – 2.00

30. Finale – 1.42

 
ALUN HODDINOTT

Sonatina, Op. 18, for clavichord (1959-63)

31. Prelude – 3.38

32. Scherzo – 1.55

33. Elegy – 2.11

34. Finale – 2.28

 
DUKE ELLINGTON

Five Songs arranged Dickinson for clavichord

35. In a sentimental mood (1935) – 2.27

36. Don’t get around much anymore (1942) – 2.06

37. Prelude to a kiss (1938) – 2.49

38. Sophisticated Lady (1932) – 2.42

39. It don’t mean a thing (1932) – 1.41