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'Blue Clavichord'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Blue Clavichord'

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'Blue Clavichord'

'20th Century Music for Clavichord, Harpsichord and Recorder'

Dickinson Bach in Blue (a). Five Diversions (b). Pastorale, Blues and Homage (c). Suite for the Centenary of Lord Berners (b). Variations on a French Folk Song (d) Ellington Five Songs (arr Dickinson) (b) Hoddinott Sonatina, Op 18 (b) Ridout Suite (b) JD Roberts Hymn (c) Peter Dickinson (b) clav/(c) pf with (c) John Turner rec (d) Jane Chapman hpd (a) Verdehr Trio

Heritage [M] HTGCD259 (78' * DDD)

Peter Dickinson must love his clavichord and its ability to bend pitches, because the music he writes and arranges for it is so vibrant and joyful, as are his performances throughout this release. Effective as his Five Diversions (1963) are for piano, the clavichord's inflections of pitch add welcome textural differentiation between melodies and accompaniments. Five clavichord arrangements from the Duke Ellington songbook surely would have pleased the composer, particularly Dickinson's loping, bluesy spin on 'Don't get around much anymore'. While Dickinson's inventively jazz-tinged Suite for the Centenary of Lord Berners deserves a centre stage spot in the solo clavichord repertoire, the catchy tunes and sly harmonies might sound even better orchestrated. …

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