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The Open Window

Somm Recordings – November release

SOMM Recordings announces the first complete survey on disc of George Dyson’s music for solo piano including five premiere recordings performed by Simon Callaghan in a specially priced two-CD set.

Callaghan is joined by Clíodna Shanahan for the first recording of the two-piano version of Concerto Leggiero, a mature work originally composed for piano and string orchestra. Almost classical in its sense of economy, the two-piano arrangement boasts a remarkable lyricism.

Born in Halifax in 1833, Dyson studied with Charles Villiers Stanford and Hubert Parry before becoming one of the most prominent British composers and distinguished teachers of his generation. Best known for his choral work, his piano music spans his compositional career. Heard in its entirety, it provides valuable new insights into his development as a composer.

Other first recordings include the seven-year-old Dyson’s first work for piano, Untitled Piano Piece, the exam board commission for young pianists, Twelve Easy Pieces, and The Open Window and Six Lyrics, character pieces designed to encourage young pianists.

Among other works included are the Debussy-accented Primrose Mount, the dazzling set of fugues Bach’s Birthday and so-called ‘War Epigrams’, inspired by Dyson’s experiences on the Western Front before being invalided home

Dyson biographer Paul Spicer provides the authoritative booklet notes.

Further recordings
British Violin Sonatas

SOMM Recordings SOMMCD0610

The deeper the blue…

SOMM Recordings SOMMCD275

Nicodé: Ein Liebesleben & other piano works

Hyperion CDA68269

Two Piano Music by Sherwood and Parry

Lyrita SRCD368

Tableaux de Provence: Works for Saxophone

Resonus Classics RES10231

Thea Musgrave: Phoenix Rising

Lyrita SRCD372

Bernhard Scholz And Josef Rheinberger
Concertos by Bernhard Scholz and Josef Rheinberger

Hyperion CDA68225

Coke Hyperion
Coke Piano Concertos

Hyperion CDA68173

Warp And Weft, EMR CD043
Warp and Weft

EMR CD043

Rarities of Piano Music at Schloss vor Husum from the 2016 Festival

Danacord Records DACOCD789

The Music of Roger Sacheverell Coke

Somm Recordings SOMMCD0147

Colours of the Heart

MusiKaleido MKCD001

Vivat Brahms! Volume I

SOMM Recordings SOMMCD0126

Delius Orchestral Music II

SOMM Recordings SOMMCD0129

Delius Orchestral Music I

SOMM Recordings SOMMCD0112

English Piano Works

De Rode Pomp RPGMA069073

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22/09/2020