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An Irish pianist presents new works by seven Irish composers. The styles vary and some include several extended and experimental techniques, all are tremendously atmospheric and brilliantly played, and all are receiving their first recording here. Some of these composers are already gaining quite a following outside their home country and rightly so while pianist Mary Dullea shows again that she is totally in control no matter how complex the demands made by the music.

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Recorded in 2014
AUDIO SAMPLE: 'Tease' by Frank Lyons (extract)

dealer release date: 2 February 2015





CD program:
Ed Bennett:
David Fennessy:
the first thing, the last thing and every thing in between
Jonathan Nangle:
grow quiet gradually
Frank Lyons:
John McLachlan:
Gráinne Mulvey:
Benjamin Dwyer:
Homenaje a Maurice Ohana

review extracts: for full reviews click here

“Ms. Dullea shows that she is an excellent exponent of new music performance in this sparkling anthology of seven works by some of Ireland's finest. The music tends to be dramatic, gestural, filled with light and shadow, sound and silence. This is serious piano music and it is played with a touch of the magic that Mary Dullea has no shortage of....She is transcendent, powerful and tender all at once. Very highly recommended.“ - Grego Edwards (Gapplegate Modern Classical Music)

“Seven young talents, all under 40 ... each and every one writing original music that explores the technical and musical possibilities of the piano. Ms. Dullea excels. All in all this is a very fine sampler of new music from Ireland, all of it excellently played by Mary Dullea. The sound is excellent and intimate.” - Rafael de Acha (Music for all Seasons)

“This has been a real pleasure … it's melodic and thoughtful. Despite (or because of) the extensive use of quiet, it's a dramatic and atmospheric album.” – Jeremy Condliffe (The Chronicle)

“ Mary Dullea plays with the confidence of one fully immersed in the music of our time. Compelling listening ... fascinating... a real treat. Dullea's technical prowess is beyond doubt, topped only by her innate understanding of every piece on this disc. Recommended.” – Colin Clarke (Fanfare)

“ Dynamically, harmonically, rhythmically gripping.” – Kraig Lamper (American Record Guide)

“Belonging to a generation that owes as much to inherited traditions as to the possibilities of the present, [the composers] are clearly beholden to neither in equal measure. The disc finds composers revelling in the intricate warp and weft of music in which defining threads are intentionally ravelled, deliberately obfuscated or omitted altogether. They suggest a developing shift away from the boundaries of a composer's imagination to the limits of a performer's technical abilities, offering up the alluring prospect that what ‘seems impossible… or really is so' on an instrument as venerable and venerated as the piano might actually become possible.” - Michael Quinn (Journal of Music)


This album has been made possible by support from the Artis Council of Ireland and Music Network.