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Heritage Orchestral

Peter Dickinson: Orchestral Works

BBC National Orchestra of WalesPeter Dickinson: Orchestral Works
Clark Rundell

HTGCD 211 – 5060332661503

Heritage presents a new recording of the orchestral works of Peter Dickinson, expertly played by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conducted by the contemporary music specialist, Clark Rundell. Through these performances, we see a different and altogether lighter side of Dickinson’s creativity. All of the works presented here are very accessible and place melody at the forefront of the compositional process. With the exception of Merseyside Echoes, the works, in their orchestral versions, appear on disc for the first time.

‘This first-class release of distinguished performances, no doubt rehearsed and recorded with the composer in attendance, and captured in equally impressive sound-quality, is deserving of the widest circulation, for Peter Dickinson’s music is welcoming, lively and warmly communicative, full of fun and also capable of depth. Given his empathy for American music, I suggest that anyone who appreciates the output of Dickinson’s near-contemporary William Bolcom will have a ball with what is to be found on this notable Heritage issue. To complete the picture, literally, the cover image is also by Dickinson.’ Colin Anderson, www.classicalsource.com, November 2016

‘Excellent performances, recording quality and notes set the seal on this release.’ Jonathan Woolf, British Music Society, November 2016

‘The BBC NOW barely put a foot wrong. It’s wonderful to at last have top-quality premiere recordings of these eight works that have waited far too long to appear on record.’ Gramophone June 2016

‘This is an essential CD for all admirers of Dickinson’s eclectic style of composition in particular, and for approachable, sometimes challenging, but always enjoyable ‘modern’ music, in general.’ John France, MusicWeb International, April 2016

‘Highly recommended.’ R. James Tobin, Classical Net, April 2016

Track Listing

WORLD PREMIERE RECORDINGS
[1] A BIRTHDAY SURPRISE (1979)
[2] SATIE TRANSFORMATIONS (1969-70)
[3-7] FIVE DIVERSIONS (1963/70)
[8] BACH IN BLUE (2004/12/15)
Leslie Hatfield (violin) Robert Plane (clarinet)
[9] MERSEYSIDE ECHOES (1988)
[10-15] SUITE FOR THE CENTENARY OF LORD BERNERS (1974/83/2015)
[16] MONOLOGUE FOR STRINGS (1959)
Total time: 70.11