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Daryl Runswick: Dot Music

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Daryl Runswick: Dot Music
Daryl Runswick: Dot Music


'Dot Music' includes four world premiere recordings of the piano music of Daryl Runswick, all performed by the award-winning pianist Tony Hymas.

This survey of Runswick's piano works demonstrates the sheer breadth of his musicianship and contains four major works spanning his whole career. The title track, 'Dot Music' (2001-13), with its specially-devised dot notation, was inspired by the pianist Julian Jacobson's request for a companion piece to Beethoven Sonata opus 111. In contrast, the Sonatina (1981, rev 2013) integrates Mozart and jazz.

Having performed and worked with composers such as Boulez, Berio and Stockhausen, Runswick's Six studies on b-o-u-l-e-z (2016) forms a tribute to the late composer and a compendium of Daryl's own composing styles: total serialism, aleatoricism, modernism, jazz, and a nod to Peter Maxwell Davies. The CD is rounded off with Introduction and Fugue in B minor (1967, rev 2003).

Tony Hymas has been Daryl's colleague and friend almost as long: they met in 1971 in John Dankworth and Cleo Laine's backing group. Tony is a world virtuoso in all keyboard styles.

"A genius called Daryl Runswick" - Sir Andrew Davis

"A brilliant musician, funny, gentle, uncompromising - just a beautiful person." - Bob Chilcott

"[Tony Hymas] played with stunning commitment." - The Guardian (on Hymas' performance of Mosolov's Fourth Piano Sonata)


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  2. Dot Music, Scherzand
  3. Dot Music, Lento
  4. Dot Music, Fast and Rhythmic
  5. Sonatina Mov 1
  6. Sonatina Mov 2
  7. Sonatina Mov 3
  8. Six Studies On Boulez 1
  9. Six Studies On Boulez 2
  10. Six Studies On Boulez 3
  11. Six Studie On Boulex 4
  12. Six Studies On Boulez 5
  13. Six Studies On Boulez 6
  14. Introduction and Fugue in B Minor
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