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Dyson: Complete Music for Piano

Simon Callaghan, Cliodna Shanahan

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Concerto leggiero (Version for 2 Pianos)  
1.1
I. Allegro
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan; Cliodna Shanahan
11:25
1.2
II. Andante
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan; Cliodna Shanahan
7:34
1.3
III. Vivace
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan; Cliodna Shanahan
7:26
8 Children's Pieces, Op. 12a "The Open Window"  
1.4
No. 1, Field and Wood
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
1:52
1.5
No. 2, Swallows
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
0:37
1.6
No. 3, Gentle Rain
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
1:11
1.7
No. 4, Fair
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
0:47
1.8
No. 5, Passers-by
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
0:58
1.9
No. 6, The Patrol
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
1:19
1.10
No. 7, The Green
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
1:35
1.11
No. 8, Evensong
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
1:50
1.12
Primrose Mount
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
2:32
Bach's Birthday  
1.13
No. 1, Comodo
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
0:47
1.14
No. 2, Cantabile
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
1:44
1.15
No. 3, Allegretto
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
1:16
1.16
No. 4, Vivace possibile
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
1:21
1.17
Untitled Piano Piece
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
0:46
6 Lyrics, Op. 12b  
1.18
No. 1, March
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
1:43
1.19
No. 2, Melody
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
2:34
1.20
No. 3, Folk Dance
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
1:24
1.21
No. 4, Waltz
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
1:38
1.22
No. 5, Intermezzo
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
1:32
1.23
No. 6, Mazurka
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
1:54
3 Little Pieces "My Birthday"  
2.1
No. 1, Delicately
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
2:05
2.2
No. 2, Brightly
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
1:27
2.3
No. 3, Quietly
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
2:38
12 Easy Pieces  
2.4
No. 1, Mazurka
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
0:30
2.5
No. 2, Waltz
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
0:39
2.6
No. 3, Scotch Snap
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
0:31
2.7
No. 4, Dance
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
0:27
2.8
No. 5, Melody
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
0:48
2.9
No. 6, Lullaby
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
0:40
2.10
No. 7, Air
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
0:45
2.11
No. 8, Song
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
0:37
2.12
No. 9, Legato Study
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
0:42
2.13
No. 10, Scale Study
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
0:27
2.14
No. 11, Five Finger Study
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
0:26
2.15
No. 12, Study in Canon
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
0:32
Prelude & Ballet  
2.16
I. Prelude
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
1:48
2.17
II. Ballet
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
2:02
10 Short Pieces, Op. 9 "Epigrams"  
2.18
No. 1, A capriccio
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
0:50
2.19
No. 2, All'improviso
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
0:56
2.20
No. 3, Sostenuto
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
1:33
2.21
No. 4, Ritmico
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
0:42
2.22
No. 5, Cantabile
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
2:12
2.23
No. 6, Sonore
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
2:08
2.24
No. 7, Di ballo
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
0:54
2.25
No. 8, Grazioso
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
0:35
2.26
No. 9, Con fuoco
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
1:31
2.27
No. 10, Alla capella
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
1:28
3 Wartime Epigrams  
2.28
No. 1, An Autograph
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
1:55
2.29
No. 2, Con moto tranquillo
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
2:18
2.30
No. 3, Sostenuto ed espressivo
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
1:31
4 Twilight Preludes, Op. 14  
2.31
No. 1, Tranquillo
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
2:30
2.32
No. 2, A capriccio
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
2:20
2.33
No. 3, Grazioso
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
2:04
2.34
No. 4, Sostenuto
George Dyson; Simon Callaghan
3:08
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    1:41:24
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 special two-disc 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 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.
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