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Dickinson: Piano Concerto, Etc / Shelley, Bate, Et Al

Release Date: 11/23/1999 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 360   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Dickinson
Performer:  Howard ShelleyJennifer BateMeriel Dickinson
Conductor:  David AthertonNicholas Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony OrchestraCity of London SinfoniaLondon Concert Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The British composer Peter Dickinson was born at Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire. His sister, Meriel Dickinson, is the mezzo-soprano with whom he had a long performing partnership. He has also been a long time contributor to The Gramophone Magazine. His reviews are signed PD. He went to The Leys School, Cambridge, was Organ Scholar of Queen's College, Cambridge, and then spent three formative years at Juilliard, where he was a pupil of Bernard Wagenaar and a contemporary of Philip Glass and Peter Schickele. During this period he was a critic on the Musical Courier and the Musical Times; taught at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and became interested in American music of all kinds. He returned to England in 1961 where he held Read more various teaching jobs. In 1974 he became the first professor of music at Keele University, Staffordshire, where he set up the new department along with its Center for American Music. Today he is head of music at the Institute of United States Studies, University of London. He has also written books on the composer Sir Lennox Berkeley, with whom he studied and the British novelty pianist, composer and educator, Billy Mayerl. The two concertos originally appeared on EMI.


"...Long available on CD (and for a while on LP), it was fairly recently deleted. But now, thankfully, Albany has reissued it. In their original release, on EMI, these performances were reviewed in Fanfare by Paul Rapoport. He found the Organ Concerto "fascinating" and the Piano Concerto "even more effective." I am no less enchanted by these concertos than was Rapoport, having lived with them for more than 12 years. The Piano Concerto grabs you right away with hammered, rising chords - setting up the listener for a late-Romantic adventure. But nothing of the sort.....The Organ Concerto is an earlier but similar work...This is a top-notch CD." (Fanfare)
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano by Peter Dickinson
Performer:  Howard Shelley (Piano)
Conductor:  David Atherton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979-1984; England 
Concerto for Organ by Peter Dickinson
Performer:  Jennifer Bate (Organ)
Conductor:  David Atherton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; England 
Outcry by Peter Dickinson
Performer:  Meriel Dickinson (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicholas Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  London Concert Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; England 

Customer Reviews

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 Another foray into tunelessness November 24, 2012 By Michael M Rosenblatt (San Jose, CA) See All My Reviews "I know there are at least two people who still listen to 12 tone structured music. Mathemeticians who enjoy the permutations of the style, and music professors. But most people do not. The closest example of it worth listening to is the great Berg Violin Concerto. The cuts on this album are all basically the same. Listen to one and you have heard all, with the exception of tempo variances. I deeply admire Shelley who had the courage to face this and learn it. However, (and I don't intend to be cruel) it was a waste of time. Note to professor Dickinson: "Please write something that has a melody. If you can't, warn us first on the face of the album." Before you complain that I am a Neanderthal, I need to tell you that by the time I was 12 I could play all 5 Beethoven piano concertos. I don't say that in any self aggrandizement, but simply to make a point." Report Abuse
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