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08 Peter DaytonNavona Records NV6143


Morceaux Des Noces: I. Allegretto Fluente

Los Dedicatorias: Fernando de Szyszlo y Lila

Variations for String Quartet


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The following review is an excerpt from Strings Attached (April 2018) which can be read in its entirety here.

Notes to Loved Ones features music for strings and piano by Peter Dayton (Navona Records NV6143

The brief but lovely Fantasy for Viola and Piano is followed by Morceaux des Noces for String Quartet, another work with a quite beautiful sound.

The Sonata “Los Dedicatorias” for Violin and Piano reflects Dayton’s relationship with the art and family of Peruvian painter Fernando de Szyszlo. Variations for String Quartet, a tougher and darker work, resulted from an exchange program with the Royal Academy of Music in London, the virtuosic violin cadenza inspired by the program leader, violinist Peter Sheppard-Skærved.

An abrasive and edgy two-movement Sonata for Violoncello and Piano (the second movement marked “Stark, Percussive”) ends an interesting and promising Navona debut CD.

Yang Guo (viola), Sarah Jane Thomas (violin), Lavena Johanson (cello) and Michael Sheppard (piano) are the soloists.

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