Daryl Runswick - Dot Music | Prima Facie PFCD057

Daryl Runswick - Dot Music


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Label: Prima Facie

Cat No: PFCD057

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 9th June 2017



‘Daryl Runswick - 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. 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’s Sonata op.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).

"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’s performance of Mosolov’s Fourth Piano Sonata

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