Dyson: Complete Music for Piano Simon Callaghan & Cliodna Shanahan
- George Dyson (1883 - 1964): Concerto leggiero (Version for 2 Pianos):
- 1Concerto leggiero (Version for 2 Pianos): I. Allegro11:25
- 2Concerto leggiero (Version for 2 Pianos): II. Andante07:34
- 3Concerto leggiero (Version for 2 Pianos): III. Vivace07:26
- 8 Children's Pieces, Op. 12a "The Open Window":
- 48 Children's Pieces, Op. 12a "The Open Window": No. 1, Field and Wood01:52
- 58 Children's Pieces, Op. 12a "The Open Window": No. 2, Swallows00:37
- 68 Children's Pieces, Op. 12a "The Open Window": No. 3, Gentle Rain01:11
- 78 Children's Pieces, Op. 12a "The Open Window": No. 4, Fair00:47
- 88 Children's Pieces, Op. 12a "The Open Window": No. 5, Passers-by00:58
- 98 Children's Pieces, Op. 12a "The Open Window": No. 6, The Patrol01:19
- 108 Children's Pieces, Op. 12a "The Open Window": No. 7, The Green01:35
- 118 Children's Pieces, Op. 12a "The Open Window": No. 8, Evensong01:50
- George Dyson:
- 12Primrose Mount02:32
- Bach's Birthday:
- 13Bach's Birthday: No. 1, Comodo00:47
- 14Bach's Birthday: No. 2, Cantabile01:44
- 15Bach's Birthday: No. 3, Allegretto01:16
- 16Bach's Birthday: No. 4, Vivace possibile01:21
- George Dyson:
- 17Untitled Piano Piece00:46
- 6 Lyrics, Op. 12b:
- 186 Lyrics, Op. 12b: No. 1, March01:43
- 196 Lyrics, Op. 12b: No. 2, Melody02:34
- 206 Lyrics, Op. 12b: No. 3, Folk Dance01:24
- 216 Lyrics, Op. 12b: No. 4, Waltz01:38
- 226 Lyrics, Op. 12b: No. 5, Intermezzo01:32
- 236 Lyrics, Op. 12b: No. 6, Mazurka01:54
- 3 Little Pieces "My Birthday":
- 243 Little Pieces "My Birthday": No. 1, Delicately02:05
- 253 Little Pieces "My Birthday": No. 2, Brightly01:27
- 263 Little Pieces "My Birthday": No. 3, Quietly02:38
- 12 Easy Pieces:
- 2712 Easy Pieces: No. 1, Mazurka00:30
- 2812 Easy Pieces: No. 2, Waltz00:39
- 2912 Easy Pieces: No. 3, Scotch Snap00:31
- 3012 Easy Pieces: No. 4, Dance00:27
- 3112 Easy Pieces: No. 5, Melody00:48
- 3212 Easy Pieces: No. 6, Lullaby00:40
- 3312 Easy Pieces: No. 7, Air00:45
- 3412 Easy Pieces: No. 8, Song00:37
- 3512 Easy Pieces: No. 9, Legato Study00:42
- 3612 Easy Pieces: No. 10, Scale Study00:27
- 3712 Easy Pieces: No. 11, Five Finger Study00:26
- 3812 Easy Pieces: No. 12, Study in Canon00:32
- Prelude & Ballet:
- 39Prelude & Ballet: I. Prelude01:48
- 40Prelude & Ballet: II. Ballet02:02
- 10 Short Pieces, Op. 9 "Epigrams":
- 4110 Short Pieces, Op. 9 "Epigrams": No. 1, A capriccio00:50
- 4210 Short Pieces, Op. 9 "Epigrams": No. 2, All'improviso00:56
- 4310 Short Pieces, Op. 9 "Epigrams": No. 3, Sostenuto01:33
- 4410 Short Pieces, Op. 9 "Epigrams": No. 4, Ritmico00:42
- 4510 Short Pieces, Op. 9 "Epigrams": No. 5, Cantabile02:12
- 4610 Short Pieces, Op. 9 "Epigrams": No. 6, Sonore02:08
- 4710 Short Pieces, Op. 9 "Epigrams": No. 7, Di ballo00:54
- 4810 Short Pieces, Op. 9 "Epigrams": No. 8, Grazioso00:35
- 4910 Short Pieces, Op. 9 "Epigrams": No. 9, Con fuoco01:31
- 5010 Short Pieces, Op. 9 "Epigrams": No. 10, Alla capella01:28
- 3 Wartime Epigrams:
- 513 Wartime Epigrams: No. 1, An Autograph01:55
- 523 Wartime Epigrams: No. 2, Con moto tranquillo02:18
- 533 Wartime Epigrams: No. 3, Sostenuto ed espressivo01:31
- 4 Twilight Preludes, Op. 14:
- 544 Twilight Preludes, Op. 14: No. 1, Tranquillo02:30
- 554 Twilight Preludes, Op. 14: No. 2, A capriccio02:20
- 564 Twilight Preludes, Op. 14: No. 3, Grazioso02:04
- 574 Twilight Preludes, Op. 14: No. 4, Sostenuto03:08
Info for Dyson: Complete Music for Piano
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.
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
Simon Callaghan, piano
Cliodna Shanahan, piano
Simon has a particular interest in bringing rarely performed works to new audiences, and his growing reputation in this field has led to invitations for both recordings and live performances. His 2017 recording of the concertos of Roger Sacheverell Coke for Hyperion’s lauded series The Romantic Piano Concerto, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins, reached no. 2 in the specialist classical charts, with enthusiastic reviews across the press. This début Hyperion CD was followed in 2018 by a collaboration with conductor Ben Gernon to record concertos by Rheinberger and Scholz. Two further concerto discs (with the Sinfonieorchester St Gallen) will be released in 2021. Invitations to perform in concert include concertos by Françaix and Tippett and the first UK performance since 1946 of Medtner’s 3rd Concerto.
Simon’s first solo disc for Hyperion, world premiere recordings of works by Jean Louis Nicodé, was released in May 2019 to critical acclaim, with Gramophone Magazine praising his “superb artistry”. Simon’s discography also includes solo works by Sterndale Bennett, Parry and Sacheverell Coke, chamber music by Brahms, Schumann, Chopin and Ravel, and recordings of music for two pianos by Parry, Sherwood and Delius with Parnassius Duo partner Hiroaki Takenouchi. He has also recorded for Danacord, Somm, Resonus and EM Records, and has expanded his role to both artist and producer in an exciting association with Nimbus and Lyrita. Forthcoming releases on Lyrita include the world premiere recording of Roger Sacheverell Coke’s cello sonatas with Raphael Wallfisch. The most recent addition to Simon’s catalogue of solo recordings features sets of miniatures by Schumann and Poulenc, released in November 2019 on Nimbus.
Festival invitations have included Husum Piano Rarities, the English Music Festival, Wintertide Festival (Canada), Absolute Classics, Highgate, Cervo, Hertfordshire and Whittington. Simon has also broadcast frequently on BBC radio and television. In chamber music he has collaborated with Feng Ning, Jack Liebeck, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Thomas Gould, Nicholas Daniel, Raphael Wallfisch and the actors Miriam Margolyes, Timothy West, Prunella Scales, and Samuel West. His extensive repertoire has included complete cycles of Beethoven and Brahms chamber works, and a three-concert residency at St John’s Smith Square in London, exploring the piano quartet medium.
Contemporary music performances have included works by Joseph Phibbs, Julian Anderson and Kenneth Hesketh, and he was invited by the Royal College of Music to play Boulez’s ‘Dérive II’ as part of their ‘Variable Geometry’ series. His world premiere recording of Paul Patterson’s ‘Allusions’ for two violins and piano (with Midori Komachi and Sophie Rosa) was released in 2017 and they will perform the work live at the English Music Festival in 2020.
Simon puts great value on teaching and has recently given masterclasses at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. In the coming season he will give masterclasses, lead a chamber music course at Benslow Music and continue his work as Head of Piano at the Ingenium Academy (Winchester). In addition to his performing schedule, Simon is Director of Music at Conway Hall, where he oversees the longest-running chamber music series in Europe.
Simon recently completed a PhD at the Royal Northern College of Music, working to bring the oeuvre of Roger Sacheverell Coke into the public domain.
Irish pianist Cliodna Shanahan began playing the piano when she was five years old. She attended the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey from 1997-2002. She performed her first concerto at age eleven; subsequent concerto performances have included performances with the Vietnemese NSO and the Guildford SO. Cliodna has performed in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Purcell Room.
Competition successes include multiple first prizes at Siemens Feis Ceoil, Dublin, Fitzwilton Trust, Jellinek and Arts Council of Ireland Awards, and the Belfast Classical Music Bursary. In July 2006, Cliodna was the recipient of the Sarah Mundlak Memorial Award for piano, awarded to the pianist who achieves the highest final recital mark at the Royal College of Music. Cliodna regularly performs chamber music and has recently embarked on a piano duo partnership which has become an integral part of her performing schedule. She has performed on television and radio and is featured on a Young Pianist Foundation CD recorded live at The Hague. Cliodna is currently studying with Professors Ruth Nye, Noriko Kawai and David Graham at the Royal College of Music, London. She is most grateful to the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaion for their generous support.
For City Showcase 2007, Cliodna performed with Aoife Nic Athlaoich. The musicians playing are students and graduates of the Royal College of Music. Graduates of the RCM are now in every major opera company and orchestra in this country, and many enjoy international careers. The RCM's musical activities include opera productions, orchestral concerts with conductors including Bernard Haitink and Sir Roger Norrington, workshops, masterclasses, chamber music concerts and recitals, many of which are open to the public.