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Scott: Festival Overture/ Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2007

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2006

Artists:

BBC Philharmonic


Martyn Brabbins


Darius Battiwalla


Olivier Charlier

violin

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus



Venue:

Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester



Producer:

Brian Pidgeon


Mike George



Engineer:

Stephen Rinker


Tim Archer

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Violin


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 61:04
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CYRIL SCOTT

(1879-1970)
Select Complete Single Disc for
   
premiere recording
1 

Festival Overture (1902, revised 1912 and 1929)

10:34
  for Orchestra (Chorus and Organ ad libitum)  
  Tempo tranquillo - Con moto tranquillo - Con moto -  
 Darius Battiwalla
   
premiere recording
 

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (c. 1925)

21:55  
  A L.K.v.G.  
2 Larghetto - 4:12
3 Adagio - Allegro con spirito - Allegretto - 7:12
4 Largo - 4:44
5 Allegro - Quasi cadenza - Meno mosso e molto maestoso 5:46
 Olivier Charlier violin
6 

Aubade, Op. 77 (1905, revised c. 1911)

10:43
  for Large Orchestra  
  To My Friend Landon Ronald  
  Andante sostenuto - Poco tranquillo - Poco più mosso -  
 

Three Symphonic Dances, Op. 22 (c. 1907)

17:59  
  Revised from Symphony No. 2 (1901-02)  
7 I Allegro con brio - Vivace 4:41
8 II Andante sostenuto e sempre molto cantabile 8:47
9 III Allegro energico - Grazioso - Sostenuto 4:25
The Violin Concerto and Festival Overture receive their premiere recording

It features the internationally renowned violinist Olivier Charlier.

Performed by the 2007 three times ‘Grammy’-nominated orchestra, the BBC Phiharmonic

In the third volume of the orchestral works of Cyril Scott, Martyn Brabbins and BBC Philharmonic take us further on the journey of this unique composer’s musical landscape. Although an English composer, Scott studied composition in Frankfurt at the Hock Conservatoire, and became part of the ‘Frankfurt Gang’, which included Percy Grainger and Roger Quilter. Scott, however, eventually went his own way having absorbed a Germanic view of musical culture during these impressionable years. Far ahead of his time in many ways Scott was one of the more remarkable men of his generation. As John Ireland his friend and contemporary wrote to Scott ‘You were the first British composer to write music which was non-academic, free and individual in style and of primary significance.’

Scott was enormously active in his late teens and his twenties, and many works conceived then were revised over a lifetime, not achieving their final form until much later. Three of these are featured on our programme. These include the broodingly dark Violin Concerto, strongly influenced by Stravinsky and Bartók, performed by Olivier Charlier who brilliantly spins the expressive rhapsodic line and burgeoning melody. This is coupled with the exquisitely atmospheric tone poem Festival Overture for which Scott won the Daily Telegraph orchestral competition in 1933, and Three Symphonic Dances, Op. 22. Scott’s earlier works have tended to be eclipsed by his later works; and at the expense of his large orchestral scores - but these great works now receive the attention they deserve.

Scott is undoubtedly an extraordinary example of a once leading figure, writing in an apparently advanced idiom early on; who increasingly became persona non-grata with the musical establishment and the established idioms of the day in the inter-war years. This exploratory series has begun to rectify this, and this third volume is sure to inspire further converts.

"These are all most persuasive performances ... superbly played."

The Penguin Guide - 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12


If you like Szymanowski’s violin concertos (composed in 1916 and 1932), you’ll be drawn to Scott’s, especially in this warm. Lingering, airy performance where the dark orchestral colours comer through clearly; its treble textures are transparent as well. Charlier caresses the piece with atmospheric touches of rubato as Brabbins elicits superb playing from the orchestra.
American Record Guide

Brabbins directs sympathetic and characterful performances.., well worth any British music-lovers time.
BBC Music Magazine on Volume 2 CHAN 10376

This release represents a remarkable discovery in 20th-century British music: excellent recording, too.
Gramophone on Volume 1 CHAN 10211 CHAN 10407



Gramophone on Volume 1 CHAN 10211

These are again fine performances and recordings
Gramophone

For anyone so far unfamiliar with Scott’s music, this current issue would be an ideal place to start. The performances seem exemplary, the superb BBC Philharmonic convinced and convincing under Martyn Brabbins’s expert guidance. The recording quality is equally top-drawer in its focus and space and in faithfully capturing every detail, subtlety and dynamic.
International Record Review

The latest instalment from Chandos continues to acquaint us with sadly unfamiliar delights – especially Scott’s one-movement Violin Concerto, forgotten since the 1029s… Definitely recommended.
BBC Music Magazine

If anything, Martyn Brabbins seems to have acquired the measure oft his music even more convincingly that his two previous recordings of the Third and Fourth Symphonies. Violin soloist Olivier Charlier offers a very penetrating account of the concerto’s non-virtuosic subtleties. And what can one add in praise of Chandos’ state-of-the-art sonics?…this disc is worth engaging and revisiting many times over.
Fanfare (USA)




*****
This is fabulous, rich music in the vein of VW, Bax and others in the line of British tradition. Glorious recording. I can only hope Chandos put out the Handley Bax symphonies and their magnificent Gunning recording at 24/96.
R Hutton

*****
L Simes

*****
C Lim