James Bacon | It May Have Been: The Piano Works of Paul Burnell

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It May Have Been: The Piano Works of Paul Burnell

by James Bacon

Pianist James Bacon presents the piano works of UK composer Paul Burnell. Contemporary classical minimalism crossed with new simplicity.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Pacer No. 3
1:39 album only
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2. Just Before Dawn
1:29 album only
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3. 3 Plain Pieces: No. 1
2:07 album only
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4. 3 Plain Pieces: No. 2
2:23 album only
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5. 3 Plain Pieces: No. 3
2:15 album only
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6. It May Have Been: I
1:53 album only
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7. It May Have Been: II
2:31 album only
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8. Three Evanescences: No. 1
2:09 album only
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9. Three Evanescences: No. 2
4:41 album only
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10. Three Evanescences: No. 3
3:36 album only
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11. Pacer No. 1
5:51 album only
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12. 2 Ping
5:14 album only
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13. Standing in the Rain
2:34 album only
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14. Matrices: No. 1, White Lias
2:10 album only
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15. Matrices: No. 2, Blue Lias
1:17 album only
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16. Matrices: No. 3, Black Ven Marls
1:31 album only
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17. Matrices: No. 4, Belemnite Marls
1:04 album only
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18. Matrices: No. 5, Green Ammonite Marls
1:09 album only
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19. Matrices: No. 6, Gault
1:41 album only
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20. Matrices: No. 7, Upper Greensand
1:11 album only
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21. Pacer No. 2
3:03 album only
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22. Little Tender Mercy
3:30 album only
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23. Trying to Remember
2:16 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
James Bacon is a pianist, composer, music producer, writer and videographer. Coming from an environment of varied music appreciation, he has written, performed and recorded across classical, electronic, rock, and post-punk genres.

Paul Burnell is a composer and musician based in London, UK. He has received many commissions from festivals, Summer Schools, ensembles and professional musicians in the UK and abroad.

All tracks on the album were recorded in 2015 at pianorecording.co.uk
Instrument: Bosendorfer Phoenix Imperial 290

Pacer No. 3 (2015)
There are several definitions of 'pacer' including a horse bred or trained to pace, used in some types of racing, and a fast bowler in cricket. Each of the three ‘Pacers’ composed by Paul Burnell are at a single insistent tempo - or pace - the third being Allegretto (a rather lively tempo, but less so than Allegro).

Just Before Dawn (1997)
The score for this piece consists of just twelve bars and is marked ‘Very slow and gentle’. The music attempts to evoke a magical time just as a Summer day is about to break, but when the stars can still clearly be seen in the sky.

3 Plain Pieces (2009)
This piece is dedicated to the pianist Natalie Bleicher who first performed it in 2009. The rather unassuming programme note describing the thee movements consists of just five words: “Unembellished, unfussy, unsophisticated… and short”

It May Have Been (2015)
'It May Have Been' was developed in 2015 from a short untitled piano sketch written by Paul Burnell some time around the summer of 1981. The two-movement piece is dedicated to James Bacon.

Three Evanescences (2014)
Evanescence is the derivative noun of evanescent, the dictionary definition of which is: passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing. Each of the three movements captures a different style of ‘fading’.

Pacer No.1 (2015)
This is another of the three ‘Pacers’ on the album. The single insistent tempo for Pacer No.1 is Largo (a very slow tempo).

2 Ping (2012)
The title '2 Ping' refers to the sound of the piano, or to the sound of domestic bowls being struck. Porcelain bowls are sometimes struck gently with a fingernail to gauge their quality -a 'ping test'. The title also refers obliquely to Samuel Beckett’s 1967 short story 'Ping’. This piece can be performed with an optional drone - an option that has been taken up here by James with his use of wine glasses and a recording of a sustained low piano note played back in reverse.

Standing in the Rain (1986)
Standing in the Rain was originally composed sometime around the mid-1980s. The piece features a persistent rhythmic figure reminiscent of Steve Reich’s compositions such as ‘Clapping Music’. It is dedicated to Karen Burnell with the date 1986.

Matrices (2013)
The word 'matrix' (plural 'matrices') has several meanings, including "a mass of fine-grained rock in which gems, crystals, or fossils are embedded". The subtitles of the seven movements of this piece refer to geological layers around the South West of England and particularly in the coastal area known as Black Ven, between Lyme Regis and Charmouth in Dorset. This area is noted for its fossils, including those collected and documented by Elizabeth Philpot (1780–1857) and her sisters and Mary Anning (1799-1847).
Some of the movements have repeated sections which allow the performer to stop at any bar after making the repeat.

Pacer No. 2 (2015)
This ‘Pacer’ features distinctive syncopation with the insistent tempo being Allegro (a quick, lively tempo).

Little Tender Mercy (2013)
This slow keyboard piece can be performed by piano or celesta or by an electric keyboard such as a.Fender Rhodes. There are other versions of Little Tender Mercy for guitar, and for an ensemble in four parts. The final note in the score is optional – an option not taken by James in this recording.

Trying to Remember (2000)
This piece is similar in style to ‘Just Before Dawn’. There are no dynamic markings and so the performer makes their own decision about how loud to play. The tempo indication is ‘Slowly searching’.

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David

It May have Been. Excellent music excellently performed
These are all very interesting pieces and break new ground. I particularly like Pacer No.3 and the mysterious Matrices which evoke the rocks and geology and perhaps a little of the landscape of past ages. The pieces are speculative, as is the title of the CD, and remind us of how little we know of the day to day happenings of those periods. The harmonies are all seem to relate to the title of the piece. Thoroughly recommended. This is often mysterious music which forces out attention.
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David

It May Have Been
It May have been is an interesting collection of piano pieces all, to some extent unified by the CD title. The title itself is speculative. Some, the "geological" Matrices remind us of the earth millions of years before man walked upon it. They are pieces which may cause us to think about the earth and its creatures when those rocks were laid down and the ammonites swarmed. Evanescencces are, as the titles suggest fleeting pieces which fascinate without us ever quite getting a hold on them. The music is exciting whilst remaining kind to the ear. The piano playing gets to the sense of each piece and is exactly right for such compositions. Recommended.
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David

It May have Been. Excellent music excellently performed
These are all very interesting pieces and break new ground. I particularly like Pacer No.3 and the mysterious Matrices which evoke the rocks and geology and perhaps a little of the landscape of past ages. The pieces are speculative, as is the title of the CD, and remind us of how little we know of the day to day happenings of those periods. The harmonies are all seem to relate to the title of the piece. Thoroughly recommended. This is often mysterious music which forces out attention.
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