Volume Four in a series of promotional CDs issued without charge by the Contemporary Music Centre to provide a stimulating introduction to the work of Irish composers. This 'musical calling card' was produced with the assistance of funding from the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. See also Volume Two and Three in the series.
A collaboration between poet Macdara Woods and composer Benjamin Dwyer, this CD is a compilation of readings and compositions by both artists. Dwyer performs on guitar with Susan Doyle (flute), Kenneth Edge (saxophone) and Richard O’Donnell (percussion).
The history of the tango from the 1900s to the present day is told here by performers Benjamin Dwyer (guitar), Kenneth Edge (saxophone) and Claudia Atrio (voice). Featuring composers of the period alongside Ben Dwyer’ s ‘Tango para Joaquin’, this CD gives an exciting portrayal of the evolution of the dance.
Begun in 1996, completed in 2003 and revised in 2006, this disc of composer Benjamin Dwyer's twelve guitar études marks the culmination of twelve years of exploration and experiment by the composer. Arranged into four books each dedicated to a different person, the études are performed by the composer.
Islands, the title of this recording, is taken from Seóirse Bodley's work for guitar. However, it also reflects that the CD comprises a set of disparate and varied works, recorded at different times and in different venues on a variety of instruments. The collection encompasses a wide variety of compositional styles and approaches to writing for the guitar and offers a good overview of the contribution to this genre by Irish composers. The seven works presented are all world premiere recordings.
This recording brings together the composer and guitarist Benjamin Dwyer with the Callino Quartet, performing Dwyer’s Guitar Quintet. Dwyer also performs his own Twelve Studies for Guitar and John Buckley’s Guitar Sonata No. 1.
This release on the Diatribe label features the work 'Scenes from Crow' by composer Benjamin Dwyer, inspired by the poetry of Ted Hughes. It is performed here by VOX21 Ensemble directed by Dermot Dunne.
Mary Dullea’s new album Gothic, a CD of new piano music from Ireland. The album features works by Ed Bennett, David Fennessy, Frank Lyons, John McLachlan, Gráinne Mulvey, Jonathan Nangle and Benjamin Dwyer.
The second CD in CMC's new promotional series presents 11 works by a range of Irish composers performed by a diverse range of international and Irish performers. It presents a snapshot of the aesthetic choices taken by those bravely exploring the diverse paths of Irish composition, with all its history and possibilities.