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Donnacha Dennehy: Tessellatum (Nadia Sirota/Liam Byrne, Bedroom Community)

Release date: 11 August 2017. 38 minute piece (divided into 3 continuous sections) for solo viola, 3 "ghost" violas and 11 microtonally tuned viols. Written especially for Nadia Sirota and Liam Byrne, who recorded it at Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavik.

 "I am obsessed with luminosity in music”, says Dennehy on the album's website. “It influences most of my decisions: about harmony and timbre, process and even form.” This obsession, one that drove Sirota to originally commission the piece, has resulted in the extreme and innovative utilisation of overtones in Tessellatum, and is what gives the piece its singular, incandescent quality. It might urge us to at least entertain the idea of listening to musical sound in an entirely different way", Aidan Daly, The Line of the Best Fit, 8 August 2017 (Album of the week)

"On this luminous 38-minute work by Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy, Sirota leads a viola quartet of herself, quadruple-tracked, while Liam Byrne layers 11 tracks of viola de gamba. Together they generate dense harmonic clouds that move around birdlike melodic phrases, which by turn crisscross, then flock to formation. The piece is best experienced as soundtrack to Steven Merten's psychedelic companion film, though it's plenty consciousness-altering on its own.", Will Hermes, Rolling Stone, 11 August 2017.

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Donnacha Dennehy: Grá Agus Bás (Nonesuch Records)

Debut release of Donnacha Dennehy's music on Nonesuch Records. Release date: 3 May 2011. Tracks are Grá Agus Bás and That The Night Come. Features Dawn Upshaw, Iarla O'Lionáird and Crash Ensemble (conducted by Alan Pierson).

"Remarkable", "startling freshness" 5*****  Andrew Clements, The Guardian

Editor's Choice, Gramophone, August 2011

NPR's Top 50 Albums of 2011

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Donnacha Dennehy: Orchestral Works (RTE Lyric FM)

Premiere recordings of the following orchestral works: Crane, O, The Vandal, and Hive. Performed by National Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir Ireland. Released October 2014.

"The sheer range of Dennehy’s music is hugely impressive" The Guardian

You can check out an in-depth discussion of the disc by Ivan Hewett on BBC's CD Review here.

"Each of these four works is a unique reflection of the creative brilliance of their author, and a harbinger of great things to come" Jeffrey Zeigler, Q2 Music Review, WQXR New York

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Donnacha Dennehy: Elastic Harmonic (NMC)

The first full-length portrait CD of Donnacha Dennehy's music. Released by NMC in London in June 2007. Tracks include Elastic Harmonic, Streetwalker, Junk Box Fraud, PADDY, pAt and Glamour Sleeper. Performers include Crash Ensemble, Joanna MacGregor, Darragh Morgan, National Symphony Orchestra, Tatiana Koleva, and Ensemble Intégrales.

Link to the following online reviews from allmusic.com, JMI, Paul Griffiths, International Record Review (Peter Quinn)

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Stainless Staining (Cantaloupe)

The third in Lisa Moore's series of EPs for Cantaloupe, Stainless Staining is devoted to the piano music of Donnacha Dennehy.  Consists of the two pieces, Stainless Staining and Reservoir.  Release date: July 2012.

From the November 2012 American Edition of Gramophone: "Dennehy creates sonorities at once glistening and hypnotic...Every moment is suffused with delicate or dramatic propulsion... Lisa Moore, founding pianist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, plays both works with mesmerising command of Dennehy's simmering soundscapes and finely graded dynamic palette". Donald Rosenberg

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Bracing Change (NMC)

Contains the premiere recording of The Weather of it (2016) in a disc of string quartets performed by the Doric Quartet, the Jack Quartet, and the Carducci Quartet. Other composers featured are Simon Holt and Anthony Gilbert Released by NMC Records in May 2017.

"Change of a more programmatic nature is portrayed in Donnacha Dennehyʼs excellent The weather of it. Composed in a continuous musical stream lasting almost 20 minutes and performed with energy and vitality by the Doric Quartet, acoustically aerodynamic figures and patterns glide along until blown off course by sudden changes in direction or temperature. Shifts occur through rapid changes in register and articulation, with Dennehy imaginatively exploiting the quartetʼs full range and drawing on harmonics, overtones and microtones." Pwyll ap Siôn, Gramophone Magazine, September 2017 issue.

 

**** Review in the Guardian, May 2017.

 

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Crash Ensemble: Ghosts (Bedroom Community)

Contains the premiere recording of As An Nós (2011) in a disc also featuring first recordings of works by Nico Muhly and Valgeir Sigurosson. Released by Bedroom Community in June 2017.

 

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Fidelio Trio: Bulb (NMC)

Contains the premiere recording of Bulb(2006) in a disc of performances by the Fidelio Trio along with works by Kevin Volans, Ed Bennett and Deirdre Gribbin. Released by NMC Records in February 2008.

Online review of Bulb by Stephen Graham at musicalcriticism.com

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Sophia Subbaya Vastek: Histories(Innova)

Contains a new recording of Stainless Staining (2007) in a disc also featuring pieces by John Cage and Michael Harrison, performed by Sophia Subbaya Vatek. Released by Innova Records on May 26 2017.

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Jasper String Quartet: Unbound (Sono Luminus/New Amsterdam)

Contains the premiere recording of Pushpulling (2007) in a disc also featuring pieces by Missy Mazzoli, Caroline Shaw, Ted Hearne, Judd Greenstein, Annie Gosfield and David Lang. Released March 2017.

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London Sinfonietta: Open Score (NMC Records)

Contains the premiere recording of A Fatal Optimist (2008) in a disc of pieces specially written for COMA in the UK. Released February 2016.

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Smith Quartet: Dance (Signum)

Contains the premiere recording of Stamp (2008) along with works by John Adams, Tan Dun, Michael Nyman, Joe Cutler and others. Played by the UK-based Smith Quartet. Released by Signum Records on 31 January 2011.

"Donnacha Dennehy's infectious "STAMP" is a caffeinated riff on a 14th-century Saltarello." - Independent on Sunday (UK)

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Isabelle O'Connell: Reservoir (Diatribe)

Isabelle O'Connell's debut CD of contemporary music from Ireland.  Features the first recording of Reservoir for solo piano (commissioned and performed by Isabelle O'Connell).Online reviews at Sequenza 21 and by Daniel Stephen Johnson at the New Haven Advocate.

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Electra: Able To Be

Contains the premiere recording of The Weathering (2004) along with works by Louis Andriessen, Jacob Ter Veldhuis and others. Played by the Amsterdam-based Electra group. Released by Attaca Records in January 2008.

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William Dowdall: Works for Solo Flute

This Celestial Recordings CD from the flautist William Dowdall features the first recording of FAT for flute and tape (commissioned and performed by William Dowdall). Online review at the Irish Times.

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Kate Ellis: Jump

Contains the premiere recording of my spectral setting of Aisling Gheal for cello and electronics alongside works by Linda Buckley, Enda Bates, Laura Sheeran and Niall Vallely. Played by the wonderful cellist, Kate Ellis. Released 15 August 2014.

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Susanna Borsch: Off-Limits

Contains the premiere recording of BRAT (2000/5) along with works by Ned McGowan, Gijs Levelt and others. Played by the Dutch/German recorder virtuoso, Susanna Borsch.

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The NMC Songbook

Contains the premiere recording of Swift's Epitaph (2008) for countertenor (Andrew Watts) and percussion (Owen Gunnell). Along with about 90 other compositions!  Online reviews from the Guardian, musicalcriticism.com

"...Donnacha Dennehy’s version of ‘Swift’s Epitaph’ for counter-tenor (Andrew Watts) and percussion (Owen Gunnell), where the emphatic and rhythmically alert opening for drum and vibes evaporates into trickling glockenspiel and then almost works its way back beneath the voice’s strange chant, an altogether magical piece." Paul Griffiths  

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Irish Contemporary Organ Music (Played by David Adams)

Contains the premiere recordings of Work for Organ (1992) and Mad,Avid,Sad (2000). Also includes works by Gerald Barry, Kevin Volans, Buckley, Deane, Godfrey, O'Connell and MacLachlan.

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One Minute More

Contains the premiere recording (by Guy Livingston) of the very short North Circular (1') with a film by Nelleke Koop.

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By The New Time

By the new time is a compilation of Irish electro-acoustic music. It contains the premiere recording of pAt for piano and tape, played by the well-known British pianist Joanna MacGregor. Also includes pieces by Michael Alcorn, Roger Doyle, Judith Ring, Jurgen Simpson and others.

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Coloring Outside The Lines

These composers range from San Francisco to Dublin. Includes first recordings of Begobs II and IV for solo piano. Also includes works by James Bohn, Linda Antas and Camille Goudeseune.

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Contemporary Music from Ireland, Volume Five

Includes a recording of 'To Herbert Brun Part IV' played by the Crash Ensemble.

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Knock on Wood - Tatiana Koleva

Virtuoso Bulgarian percussionist, Tatiana Koleva, performs a dynamic selection of new works for percussion, including Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy’s ‘Paddy’. The CD also includes compositions by Louis Andriessen, Cheil Meijering and Roderik de Man among others.

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Alex Petcu: Intime

Virtuoso percussionist, Alex Petcu, makes second recording of Paddy. Released by Lyric FM, September 2016

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New Works for Percussion - Slagwerkgroep Den Haag

The six members of Slagwerkgroep Den Haag (Percussion Group of The Hague) have 600 instruments and a repertoire that encompasses the entire literature of western percussion music. The five very diverse and distinctive works on this CD, among them Donnacha Dennehy’s ‘Composition for Percussion, Loops, Blips and Flesh’, were specially commissioned for the group in 2002-03.