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MI 1042

Dave Smith - Piano Music

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2013

Originally recorded in 2001

Artists:

Sarah Walker

piano

Venue:

Dalting Beacon, Shepton Mallet

18 & 19 April 2011

Producer:

Sarah Walker



Engineer:

Martin Pyne & Chris Winslet



Record Label
Artist Showcase

Genre:

Piano




Total Time - 68:18
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DAVE SMITH

1 

Maxixe - F# minor, dedicated to Dika Rancigaj

2:57
  from 1st Piano Concert (1985-6)  
  Completed 21/1/85  
2 

Dub - B minor, dedicated to Richard Ascough

3:11
  Completed 26/10/85  
3 

Bossa Nova - Gb major, dedicated to Howard Skempton

3:08
  Completed 1/8/85  
4 

Afterhours - C# minor, dedicated to Gavin Bryars

5:06
  Completed 5/8/85  
5 

Disco Soleil Brillant - dedicated to John Lewis

10:07
  from 3rd Piano Concert (1983-92)  
  Completed 7/10/90  
6 

Number Seven's Done A Runner - dedicated to Sarah Walker

9:44
  from 7th Piano Concert (1999-2004)  
  Completed 2/4/00  
7 

Al Contrario - dedicated to Christopher Hobbs

34:05
  from 3rd Piano Concert (1983-92)  
  Completed 12/1/92  
  Total Time 68:18      
   
 Sarah Walker piano
   

Artist Showcase MI 1042

Dave Smith – Sarah Walker

‘I first came across the music of Dave Smith back in 1989, while studying for a doctorate concerning the English Experimental tradition. Twenty years on, his music is still a source of fascination. It’s chock-full of references, but still has that elusive quality that makes you wonder ‘how does he do it?’ and ‘where does it come from?’ The raw material provides only half the answer – the rest is that X factor, which perhaps has something to do with a brilliant ear, a wide-ranging imagination, and an instinctive feel for structure (so that one phrase follows the next with total rightness yet unpredictability, and at the end of the piece the listener has an indisputable sense of closure). In other words, Dave has the keenest artistic instincts, and that would probably ensure the quality of his compositions even before we throw all those other things into the mix – his experiences as a member of the Scratch Orchestra, as part of the flourishing community of English Experimental composers, his encyclopaedic musical enthusiasms, and his pianistic bravura. His pieces can be enjoyed on so many levels – there’s enough here to keep a connoisseur-detective occupied for hours, while the huge appeal of the music could stop the most casual listener in his tracks. The selection on this CD is just the tip of a richly prolific iceberg. I hope it will encourage further exploration into the music of Dave Smith.’

Sarah Walker



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