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DICKINSON, P.: Organ Works (Complete) (Bate)

Composer(s):Dickinson, Peter
Artist(s) Bate, Jennifer, organ
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.572169
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Peter Dickinson’s strikingly original approach to organ music, which the composer himself has described as ‘far from the English cathedral tradition’, reflects a background that was not typical of British organists or composers during the mid- to late-twentieth century. The award-winning, internationally-renowned organist Jennifer Bate is an ideal interpreter of his works, which range from the introspective A Cambridge Postlude to the improvisatory Three Statements and the awe-inspiring Millennium Fanfare.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,March 2009

Born in England in 1934, Peter Dickinson has followed the varied career of composer, organist, pianist, writer and teacher, his complete solo organ works contained in this one disc. Played in chronological order, it documents Dickinson’s experimenting with the vast range of sonorities that the organ can produce with pieces spread over forty-four years. He began as an audacious nineteen year old with the brilliant showpiece A Cambridge Postlude, before moving to three Preludes on songs by Orlando Gibbons, which the composer now recognises as being more akin to Herbert Howells. Essentially a miniaturist, his 1955 Toccata is a masterpiece of economy of scale, the dynamic extremes requiring considerable agility from the performer. Dickinson does not



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