Raymond Deane

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Orchestral Works

Orchestral Works ImageOne of Ireland's leading composers, Raymond Deane, is here represented by three re-interpretations of the traditional concerto. Quaternion explores different relationships of keyboard and orchestra, Krespel's Concerto is based on a tale of Hoffmann and the Oboe Concerto dramatises the soloist as an exiled outsider.

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SeachangesSolo piano-pieces played by Hugh Tinney, the 2nd String Quartet ("Brown Studies") played by its dedicatees the Vanbrugh Quartet, and the "Macabre Trilogy" ('Marche oubliée', 'Catacombs', 'Seachanges [with danse macabre]') played by The Schubert Ensemble of London and the ensemble Reservoir, conducted by Mikel Toms. This album provides a kaleidoscope of Deane's piano and chamber music.

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Ripieno / Violin Concerto / Samara

Ripieno / Violin Concerto / SamaraThe three orchestral works on this disc by Raymond Deane, ‘Ripieno’, Violin Concerto and ‘Samara’, were commissioned by RTÉ and premiered by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra between 2000 and 2005. The composer says that the works, "encapsulate most of what I have learned about composition in my lifetime - so far."

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NoctuaryMaking his Resonus debut, the prize-winning pianist Hugh Tinney presents a world premiere recording of the celebrated Irish composer Raymond Deane's cycle of night-pieces for piano,Noctuary.

Composed in 2010-11, and recorded in the composer's 60th birthday year, Noctuary takes influence from the Cereus drawings by the artist Renate Debrun that feature in the album's artwork and booklet. Featuring two books of six movements each, Noctuarypresents a varied, vivid and atmospheric representation of the dead of night.

A major contributor to Irish concert life in the last thirty years as well as perforing with many great orchestras throughout the world, Hugh Tinney performs Noctuary with panache and dedication, creating a dramatically lucid and eloquent nocturnal sound world.

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The Walling of the Town of Ros: Sixteen Guilds Protect Their Town

Rose Tapestry width=Raymond Deane's piece commissioned for this project is on disc 2:5

The Walling of the Town of Ros: Sixteen Guilds Protect Their Town

Nicholas Angelich, piano.


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Composing the Island: A Century of Music in Ireland 1916-2016

Composing The Island width=Gerhard Markson's extraordinary interpretation of the complete string orchestra version (1978) of Embers (1973) with the strings of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland is included as the final track on the first CD of this album of extracts from the Composing the Island festival, issued by RTÉ Lyric FM. Embers is one of those tracks that cannot be individually downloaded from iTunes, but the whole album is well worth exploring.


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Embers'In the similarly titled radio play by Samuel Beckett, the main character stands at the sea shore, sifting through fragments of memory and story that are still living embers, hot to the touch. So it is in this recording, in which music by the distinguished Irish composer Raymond Deane robustly supports an important quartet by one of the great masters of our age, Valentin Silvestrov. The opener, Deane's Marthiya, is named after a form of lament traditional in the Middle East, and is itself a lament over Iraq, composed as that country was suffering invasion, bombardment and dire economic sanctions. The music's "atmosphere of mourning", Deane writes, is "not unrelated to the devastation wreaked on Iraq since 2003, and to the wider carnage inflicted upon the Arab and Islamic world by the west over the last century."

Deane’s other contribution is the title track, written thirty years earlier but by very much the same individual. Though perhaps more questioning than elegiac, Embers is music again on the edge of tears. Ideas, bits of tune, come and go, and recur, very much as things come and go, and come back once more, in the Beckett play. To quote the composer: "The piece obsessively turns over musical fragments which seem to have some remote but uncertain origin." '

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Order and disOrder

DVD imageOrder and disOrder includes a performance of Seachanges (with danse macabre) by the Jane O'Leary-directed Concorde ensemble in which the piece is explored by the composer in depth and discussed in the context of his Macabre trilogy. The 183-minute-long DVD also provides a detailed biographical look at Deane's childhood, schooling, musical career and involvement in campaigns supporting Human Rights. A more concentrated section looks at his approach to composing and includes excerpts from Ripieno, Samara, Dekatriad and Linos I, as well as offering an overview of his choral and operatic works.

The 183-minute-long DVD, produced by Arthur Sealy, also provides a detailed
biographical look at Deane's childhood etc. etc.

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Breathe: William Dowdall Flutes

Breadth=Renowned Irish flautist William Dowdall's CD Breathe includes Raymond Deane's Tekeli-li, especially written for the album and dedicated to the player.


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Irish Contemporary Organ Music

CD imageA diverse collection of contemporary Irish works for organ performed by David Adams. Featuring a broad range of Irish composers including Dennehy, Volans, Buckley, Deane, McLachlan, Barry, O’Connell and Godfrey, the CD is the first album of new Irish organ music and also the début CD recording of the National Concert Hall’s organ.

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ICO CDThe Irish Chamber Orchestra, led by Fionnuala Hunt, perform 6 works written for them by Irish composers (with Kenneth Edge as saxophone soloist). The first work on the album is Raymond Deane's colourful 'Dekatriad' (1995).

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Five Piece SuiteYoung European Strings Chamber Orchestra