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Royal Scottish National Orchestra & José Serebrier - Xiaogang Ye: Sichuan Image (2022)

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Royal Scottish National Orchestra & José Serebrier - Xiaogang Ye: Sichuan Image (2022)

Royal Scottish National Orchestra & José Serebrier - Xiaogang Ye: Sichuan Image (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 241 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 149 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:02:12
Classical | Label: BIS

Born in Shanghai in 1955, Xiaogang Ye is regarded as one of China’s leading contemporary composers. He has written music in a variety of genres, including symphonic and chamber works as well as scores for the stage. Ye has also composed music for films and the two works recorded here are both examples of this. Sichuan Image consists of 29 brief and atmospheric pieces composed to accompany a filmed travelogue of the scenic province in Western China. In preparation for the work, the composer visited mountains, river, villages and ancient historical sites in Sichuan. Lending further colour to the large symphony orchestra, four Chinese musicians perform on traditional instruments.

Elmer Bernstein - To Kill A Mockingbird: Original Motion Picture Score (1997) from 1962 film, directed by Robert Mulligan

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Elmer Bernstein - To Kill A Mockingbird: Original Motion Picture Score (1997) from 1962 film, directed by Robert Mulligan

Elmer Bernstein - To Kill A Mockingbird: Original Motion Picture Score (1997)
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Elmer Bernstein

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 178 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans included
Soundtrack, Score | Label: Varese Sarabande | # VSD-5754 | Time: 00:41:58

Elmer Bernstein's score for To Kill a Mockingbird is regarded as one of the greatest film scores and has been recorded three times. It was first released in April 1963 on Ava; then Bernstein re-recorded it in the 1970s for his Film Music Collection series; and finally, he recorded the complete score (below) in 1996 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for the Varese Sarabande Film Classics series.

Bryden Thomson - Britten: Les Illuminations; Quatre Chansons Françaises; Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (1989)

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Bryden Thomson - Britten: Les Illuminations; Quatre Chansons Françaises; Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (1989)

Bryden Thomson, Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Benjamin Britten: Les Illuminations, Quatre Chansons Françaises, Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 232 Mb | Total time: 58:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 8657 | Recorded: 1988

Les Illuminations was premiered by Sophie Wyss in 1939, but, as with much of Britten's work, has been colonised since by tenors. Here, it is a joy to hear Felicity Lott singing a soprano version. Her voice is in the full bloom of youth, and she sings with a thrilling freshness and verve, entirely in keeping with the mood of excitement. There are many delicious moments – how wittily she confides "Des drôles trés solides" in Parade, and explodes with an ecstatic "J'ai seul la clef de cette parade sauvage !" echoing the sole phrase in the opening fanfare, but with a completely different tone. When the same phrase appears again, in Interlude, she sings it in yet another way, echoing the instrumental colouring around it.

Richard Watkins, Royal Scottish National Orchestra & John Andrews - Barton & Wright: Orchestral Works (2022)

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Richard Watkins, Royal Scottish National Orchestra & John Andrews - Barton & Wright: Orchestral Works (2022)

Richard Watkins, Royal Scottish National Orchestra & John Andrews - Barton & Wright: Orchestral Works (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 320 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 188 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:21:11
Classical | Label: Toccata Classics

This album brings together orchestral music by two English composers who are also good friends – and both born in East Anglia: Nicholas Barton in Norfolk in 1950 and Christopher Wright in Suffolk in 1954. Moreover, they share a similar musical language: largely tonal, if loosely so, rhythmically alert, transparently but dramatically scored and with a natural feeling for symphonic argument and growth, and a powerful sense of scale.

Gilbert Varga, José Serebrier, Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Xiaogang Ye: Winter (2021)

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Gilbert Varga, José Serebrier, Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Xiaogang Ye: Winter (2021)

Gilbert Varga, José Serebrier, Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Xiaogang Ye: Winter (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 260 Mb | Total time: 61:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-2113 | Recorded: 2016, 2018

‘As intriguing as it is beguiling’ was how the ‘east-meets-west soundworld’ of Xiaogang Ye was described in the BBC Music Magazine on the release of a previous disc of his orchestral works in 2016. On that occasion Ye’s music was championed by José Serebrier, who returns here, sharing the task with Gilbert Varga. Between them they conduct the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and four international soloists in five works which highlight the beginning of Ye’s career as well as his more recent works. The Brilliance of Western Liang was written in 1983, during Ye’s time as a student at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and is named after a fifth-century kingdom in northwest China.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic Orchesta - Legends & Light, Vol. 2: New Works for Orchestra (2022)

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Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic Orchesta - Legends & Light, Vol. 2: New Works for Orchestra (2022)

Royal Scottish National Orchestra & David Watkin, Brno Philharmonic Orchesta & Pavel Šnajdr - Legends & Light, Vol. 2: New Works for Orchestra (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 321 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 172 Mb | 01:15:06
Classical | Label: Navona Records

LEGENDS AND LIGHT VOL. 2 from Navona Records leaves no stone unturned. From the vast expansiveness of the open sea to the microscopic particles of our world’s chemical makeup, this follow-up to 2018’s LEGENDS AND LIGHT is an ambitious collection of new works for large ensemble performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Brno Philharmonic. In this album, seven composers offer their insights into the components of our world through music, with works highlighting cultures, locations, forces of nature, and human life. While many of the pieces are arranged for orchestral ensembles, listeners will also find Scottish Great Highland bagpipes and Irish Uilleann pipes featured on the album, offering a deeply rewarding listening experience.

Nadège Rochat, Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Benjamin Levy - Dvořák & Caplet: Cello Concertos (2021)

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Nadège Rochat, Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Benjamin Levy - Dvořák & Caplet: Cello Concertos (2021)

Nadège Rochat, Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Benjamin Levy - Dvořák & Caplet: Cello Concertos (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 253 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 141 Mb | 01:01:12
Classical | Label: Ars Produktion

On this new release, Nadège Rochat performs Antonín Dvorák's Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, and André Caplet's mystically spiritualized Épiphanie, Op. 22, together with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Benjamin Levy. Nadège Rochat is a distinguished expressive voice among young cellists. Besides her wide-ranging musical interests in baroque, classical and romantic repertoire, she likes to explore forgotten composers, world music and contemporary pieces. She started to play the cello at the age of four and first studied in Geneva, then in Cologne with Maria Kliegel. She attended master classes with Heinrich Schiff and Anner Bijlsma among others, and graduated from the Royal Academy of Music under Robert Cohen where she now has a teaching assignment. She won several first prizes in Swiss, German and British competitions and won twice the Swiss SUISA prize for the interpretation of contemporary music.

Oscar Shumsky, RSNO, Neeme Jarvi - Alexander Glazunov: The Seasons, Op. 67; Violin Concerto, Op. 82 (1988) [Re-Up]

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Oscar Shumsky, RSNO, Neeme Jarvi - Alexander Glazunov: The Seasons, Op. 67; Violin Concerto, Op. 82 (1988) [Re-Up]

Alexander Glazunov: The Seasons, Op. 67; Violin Concerto, Op. 82 (1988)
Oscar Shumsky, violin; Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Neeme Järvi

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 254 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 135 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 8596 | Time: 00:56:32

There are many different musical "Seasons" aside from Vivaldi's, and next to Haydn's oratorio of the same name, this is probably the most famous example. The complete ballet is of modest length–only 40 minutes or so–and the autumn "Bacchanal" contains what is probably the catchiest tune that Glazunov ever wrote. You'll probably think that you've heard it before, but can't quite figure out where. Neeme Jarvi is always at his best in big, splashy Romantic pieces, and this performance is no exception. He whips the orchestra up to a fine frenzy where necessary, and given Chandos's fine sound and a sensible coupling, you're in for some good listening.

Francesca Dego - Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 3 & 4 (2021)

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Francesca Dego - Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 3 & 4 (2021)

Francesca Dego, Sir Roger Norrington, Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Francesca Leonardi - Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 3 & 4 (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 245 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 133 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:56:25
Classical | Label: Chandos Records

The virtuoso violinist Francesca Dego joins forces with the legendary conductor and period performance pioneer Sir Roger Norrington for this recording of Mozart’s Third and Fourth Violin Concertos – the first time either soloist or conductor has recorded the works. The outstanding musicians of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra provide the accompaniment, with reduced numbers of strings and antiphonal violin seating to replicate the size and seating of the Salzburg court orchestra which gave the first performances of these works. Norrington’s attention to detail and style is enthusiastically embraced by soloist and orchestra, resulting in a beautifully fresh and captivating interpretation of these well-known works. Dego completes the album with the Violin Sonata in E minor, Op. 1 No. 4, with her regular recital partner, Francesca Leonardi.

Katherine Bryan, RSNO - Katherine Bryan plays Flute Concertos by Christopher Rouse & Jacques Ibert (2013) [Re-Up]

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Katherine Bryan, RSNO - Katherine Bryan plays Flute Concertos by Christopher Rouse & Jacques Ibert (2013) [Re-Up]

Christopher Rouse: Flute Concerto; Jacques Ibert: Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
Claude Debussy: Syrinx; Frank Martin: Ballade
Katherine Bryan, flute; Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Jac van Steen, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 241 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Linn Records | # CKD 420 | Time: 01:03:13

Among the young British instrumentalists vying to pick up the mantles of the great soloists of a generation ago, flutist Katherine Bryan seems among the most promising, and she takes a major step forward with this, her second release. Her startlingly clear, bright articulation in the upper register is pleasing on its own, yet the real attraction here is that she approaches a repertory intelligently and brings fresh perspectives to it. The Flute Concerto (1993) of Christopher Rouse only seems to be the odd item in the set; Rouse's instrumental writing, with its intricate grasp of texture and register, is truly a descendant of the French (and French-Swiss) music on the rest of the album, and it was an inspired choice in terms of showcasing Bryan's technique as well. The three central movements have a memorial tone, with flute solos woven into Rouse's characteristically spacious chords, and Bryan has the stamina to stick with the long line here. Ibert's delightful Concerto for flute and orchestra (1934) receives an absolutely crackling performance from Bryan.

RSNO, Joel McNeely - Bernard Herrmann - Psycho: The Complete Original Motion Picture Score (1960) First Complete Recording 1997

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RSNO, Joel McNeely - Bernard Herrmann - Psycho: The Complete Original Motion Picture Score (1960) First Complete Recording 1997

Bernard Herrmann - Psycho: The Complete Original Motion Picture Score (1960)
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Joel McNeely

First Complete Recording 1997
EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 268 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 145 Mb | Scans included
Soundtrack, Score | Label: Varèse Sarabande | # VSD-5765 | Time: 01:01:10

Varese's original soundtrack to Psycho finds Joel McNeely conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra through Bernard Herrmann's classic original score. This album is the first time the entire score has been recorded for an album and its remarkable how eerie and evocative the music is, even when its separated from the film. Psycho stands as one of Herrmann's finest moments, and even if many collectors and film buffs would prefer the original soundtrack recording, this version is essential for fans of the composer, since it is the clearest, cleanest edition of score yet produced.

Royal Scottish NO, Frederic Talgorn - John Barry - Born Free: Original Motion Picture Score (1966) Re-Recording 2000

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Royal Scottish NO, Frederic Talgorn - John Barry - Born Free: Original Motion Picture Score (1966) Re-Recording 2000

John Barry - Born Free: Original Motion Picture Score (1966)
Re-Recording 2000, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Frederic Talgorn

EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 219 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 144 Mb | Scans included
Orchestral Score | Label: Varèse Sarabande | # VSD-6084 | 00:53:33

Though John Barry achieved popular recognition for the swinging, loungey, noir-ish soundtracks he composed for the James Bond films, he moved to the front rank of film composers with his score for 1966's BORN FREE. Stylistically, the music of BORN FREE is miles removed from Barry's Bond soundtracks, though the composer's fondness for brass fanfares, stirring strings, and lush, intricate charts with stunning dynamic range is still intact. On the whole, however, the music to BORN FREE has a playful, innocent quality, evoking the nature of the wild animals at the film's center. As the movie is set in Africa, Barry employs a range of African percussion instruments, and sections of flute music (which often seem to echo the sounds of birds or other creatures). The arrangements are expansive and sweeping, giving rise to the sensation of open plains, and Barry's recurring musical themes parallel the film's action (the track titles indicate plot events). The score is, for the most part, surprisingly subdued, with occasional bursts of energy (mirroring tumultuous events onscreen) and its stirring title theme the exceptions. Barry won an Academy Award for the score in 1966.

Thomas Søndergård & Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Der Rosenkavalier Suite (2019)

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Thomas Søndergård & Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Der Rosenkavalier Suite (2019)

Thomas Søndergård & Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Der Rosenkavalier Suite (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 309 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 158 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:07:53
Classical | Label: Linn Records

This recording is the first in a new series with Thomas Søndergård and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Doric String Quartet, RSNO, Peter Oundjian - John Adams: Naive and Sentimental Music; Absolute Jest (2018)

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Doric String Quartet, RSNO, Peter Oundjian - John Adams: Naive and Sentimental Music; Absolute Jest (2018)

John Adams: Naive and Sentimental Music; Absolute Jest (2018)
Doric String Quartet; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Peter Oundjian, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHSA5199 | Time: 01:11:23

As part of his final year as Music Director and following a two-season celebration of the Orchestra’s 125th anniversary, Peter Oundjian and the RSNO here present their second recording of music by John Adams, with the exceptional participation of the Doric String Quartet. Written for a large orchestra including six percussionists, keyboard sampler, and amplified steel-string guitar, Naive and Sentimental Music is a sweepingly symphonic masterpiece, full of contrasts and clashes. It reflects the dichotomy between ‘naive’ and ‘sentimental’ poetry as analysed by Friedrich Schiller in his 1795 essay Über naive und sentimentalische Dichtung, as well as the ‘bipolar’ musical life of Esa-Pekka Salonen, the dedicatee of this piece, who conducted the first performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1999. Absolute Jest is a large-scale scherzo for amplified string quartet and orchestra, heavily inspired by the music of Beethoven, which Adams has always deeply admired. The quartet of soloists, a late addition to the score, emphasises the echoes of Beethoven’s music (mainly his string quartets) and facilitates a ‘hyperspace rate’ of virtuosity, which the Doric String Quartet here perfectly demonstrates.

Eduardo Portal, Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Díaz-Jerez: Maghek: Seven Symphonic Poems about the Canary Islands (2020)

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Eduardo Portal, Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Díaz-Jerez: Maghek: Seven Symphonic Poems about the Canary Islands (2020)

Eduardo Portal, Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Díaz-Jerez: Maghek: Seven Symphonic Poems about the Canary Islands (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 578 Mb | Total time: 136:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Signum Classics | SIGCD612 | Recorded: 2019

Gustavo Diaz-Jerez is one of the leading composers and pianists in Spain. His compositional output spans all genres, from solo works to opera. His works have been premiered by prestigious ensembles and orchestras. His orchestral work Ymarxa, commissioned by the XXVII Canary Islands Music Festival, was premiered by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Charles Dutoit. In 2018, his first opera was premiered, La casa imaginaria. This album represents the culmination of more than ten years of compositional work. A unique endeavour in the history of music in the Canary Islands, it comprises seven symphonic poems almost two and a half hours of music which evoke the landscapes and natural beauty of the Canaries.