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Edward Gregson

Publisher: Novello & Co

Aztec Dances (2010)
Novello & Co Ltd
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed
17 Minutes

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Edward Gregson Aztec Dances (2010)
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  • Soloist(s)
    Jill Kemp, recorder; Aleksander Szram, piano
    Prima Facie:
  • 21 FEB 2015
    Concert Hall, Heywood Civic Centre, Nr Rochdale, UK
    Jill Kemp, recorder; Alesander Szram, piano
  • 23 OCT 2011
    Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire
    Christopher Orton (recorder) Slava Sidorenko (piano)

And by the mid-point of this recital at St John's Church, Wolverhampton – as Orton and pianist Magdalena Nasidlak strummed and shrieked their way through Edward Gregson's Aztec Dances – everyone present was doing a double-take. This was a piece, and a performance, that smashed prejudices to smithereens – not just about the recorder. Nothing this writer has heard by Edward Gregson was any preparation for these four ferocious miniatures, performed with stunning bravura by Orton and Nasidlak. Gregson has seized on the unrefined, almost primitive quality of recorder tone and pushed it to its limits. Ominous thunder rose from the piano as Nasidlak played; the recorder's piercing flourishes were like the cry of some cruel eagle-headed god. No-one who heard this performance is ever again likely to think of recorder music as kids' stuff. Aztec Dances would be a tough act to follow in any concert, and nothing else was quite as spectacular.
Richard Bratby, Lichfield Star,01/01/0001
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