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Moonstruck: Songs of FG Scott

Scott, F.G: Moonstruck - Songs

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2007

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

Iain Burnside


Lisa Milne


Roderick Williams



Venue:

The Warehouse, London



Engineer:

Mike Hatch & Andrew Mellor



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Vocal & Song




Total Time - 62:21
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Moonstruck: Songs of FG Scott

 

FRANCIS GEORGE SCOTT

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1 

Milkwort and Bog-cotton

2:32
2 

Crowdiknowe

1:36
3 

Moonstruck

2:37
4 

The Eemis Stane

2:03
5 

The Sauchs in the Reuch Heuch Hauch

1:12
6 

Ay Waukin, O

3:52
7 

Amang the Trees

1:26
8 

The Discreet Hint

1:36
9 

Je descendis dands mon jardin

2:22
10 

Florine

1:46
11 

Lourd on my Hert

1:22
12 

The Watergaw

2:26
13 

Country Life

1:14
14 

Wheesht, Wheesht

1:31
15 

O, wha my babie-clouts will buy?

2:04
16 

My wife’s a wanton wee thing

1:33
17 

The Innumerable Christ

3:06
18 

I wha aince in Heavens’ Heicht

1:24
19 

An Apprentice Angel

2:08
20 

Hungry Waters

1:49
21 

Te Deil o’Bogie

2:48
22 

To a Lady

2:32
23 

Cupid and Venus

2:33
24 

The Old Fisherman

2:24
25 

Im Tiroler Wirsthaus

1:02
26 

In Time of Tumult

2:05
27 

The Man in the Moon

2:07
28 

First Love

1:46
29 

Empty Vessel

1:13
30 

The Wren’s Nest

1:09
31 

Love of Alba

1:53
32 

The Wee Man

1:10
  Roderick Williams
  Iain Burnside
  Lisa Milne
SIGNUM

Moonstruck: Songs of F.G. Scott. SIGCD096
'There has been no previous CD of songs by Francis George Scott (1880 - 1958), and there have only ever been a couple of obscure LPs. Yet Scott was one of the greatest British song-writers of all time. He spent his entire professional life in Scotland. In nearly 200 songs, he forges a powerfully individual language, rooted in Scottish speech-rhythms, folksong, fiddle music, Border ballads and pibroch There is marvellous lyricism, pawky humour, eerie, eldritch fantasy, all presented in a spare and vivid style that never wastes a note. This immensely welcome collection gathers together 32 songs all three artists perform with great sensitivity and conviction and are beautifully recorded. Urgently recommended.' 'Choice', BBC Music Magazine, June 2007

                                     Recordings of the Year 2007

" ...F.G. who? Get Moonstruck and find out. One of the best things to come out of Scotland since whisky."

Patrick Waller

MuiscWebInternational

"The pianist and radio presenter Burnside indulges his passion for the obscure with this disc of 32 songs by the little-known Scottish composer (1880 - 1958). He revels in the crisp, expressive lyrics by the nationalist poet Hugh MacDiarmid (glossary supplied) and Robbie Burns. The soprano Milne ranges from the soft radiant motherliness of Milkwort to eerie wonder in Moonstruck, and is robust and occasionally shrill in the rabble-rousing in The Sauchs. The baritone Williams tempers his mellow tone with righteous anger in Lourd on My Hert, and delivers doom-laden awe in Watergaw and sardonic humour in My Wife’s a Wanton. An engaging introduction."  ***

Rick Jones

The Times - 21 April 2007

"FG Scott, Francis George Scott (1880-1958), was a new name to me. Born in Hawick, in the Scottish borders, he was mostly self-taught as a composer, and worked for many years as an English teacher. Among his pupils was one Christopher Grieve, better known as the poet Hugh MacDiarmid, whose poetry was to provide the texts for many of Scott’s finest songs. Sixteen of those are among the 32 songs on this thoughtfully compiled disc, which also includes settings of Robert Burns and William Soutar among others. MacDiarmid’s verse appears to have been a fulcrum of Scott’s finest music in the same way that the songs of his younger contemporary Gerald Finzi were centred on his fascination with Thomas Hardy.

In some of the numbers here Scott’s idiom does echo that of English pastoralists Finzi and Vaughan Williams, but in others his musical language is much more forward-looking. The finest MacDiarmid settings here - Moonstruck, The Eene Stane, The Watergaw - are angular and often intensely chromatic, showing that Scott knew his early Schoenberg, while an interest in Bartok inspired his research into Scottish folk music. The songs here are shared between soprano Lisa Milne and baritone Roderick Williams, who capture perfectly the fragile sensitivity of the best songs." ***

Andrew Clements

The Guardian - 27 April 2007



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