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Dyson: The Open Window - Complete Music for Piano / Callaghan, Shanahan

Dyson / Callaghan / Shanahan
Release Date: 10/16/2020 
Label:  Somm   Catalog #: 622  
Composer:  George Dyson
Performer:  Simon CallaghanCliodna Shanahan
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

SOMM Recordings announces the first complete survey on album of George Dyson’s music for solo piano including five premiere recordings performed by Simon Callaghan in a specially priced two-album 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 Stanford and 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 career. Heard in its entirety, it Read more 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 help develop technique and musical imagination in 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. Simon Callaghan’s recent SOMM releases include British Violin Sonatas with Clare Howick, and a survey of Roger Sacheverell Coke’s piano music, of which MusicWeb International said: “The commanding and virtuosic musicianship of Simon Callaghan allows this quirkily individual music to register with maximum effect – a fascinating and compelling album”. Making her debut on SOMM, Clíodna Shanahan has a busy performing and recording schedule for TV, radio, symphony and chamber concerts. A pianist and organist, she also records film soundtracks, most notably Howard Shore’s The Hobbit. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto leggiero for Piano and Strings by George Dyson
Performer:  Simon Callaghan (Piano), Cliodna Shanahan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; England 
Notes: arr. for 2 pianos 
2.
The Open Window, Op. 12a by George Dyson
Performer:  Simon Callaghan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
3.
Primrose Mount by George Dyson
Performer:  Simon Callaghan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; England 
4.
Bach's Birthday by George Dyson
Performer:  Simon Callaghan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
5.
Untitled Piano Piece by George Dyson
Performer:  Simon Callaghan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
6.
Lyrics (6), Op. 12b by George Dyson
Performer:  Simon Callaghan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
7.
My Birthday by George Dyson
Performer:  Simon Callaghan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; England 
8.
Easy Pieces (12) for Piano by George Dyson
Performer:  Simon Callaghan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
9.
Prelude and Ballet for Piano by George Dyson
Performer:  Simon Callaghan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; England 
10.
Epigrams for Piano by George Dyson
Performer:  Simon Callaghan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1920; England 
11.
War Pieces (3) for Piano by George Dyson
Performer:  Simon Callaghan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1920; England 
12.
Twilight Preludes (4), Op. 14 by George Dyson
Performer:  Simon Callaghan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 

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