Scottish Fantasies for Violin and Orchestra

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
Scotland sparked the imaginations of many 19th-century composers, whether the main attraction was its landscape, literature, or music. Max Bruch's Scottish Fantasy is one of the most durable keepsakes of this infatuation, so it's a fitting starting point for Rachel Barton Pine's Scottish concept album. Other composers had quoted the country's folksongs, but in this violin concerto, Bruch alluded to the persona -- and the particular musical repertoire -- of the Scottish fiddler. In approaching this familiar work, Pine strives to bring out the folk inflections that most violinists bury underneath a heavy layer of German Romantic style, yet much of the other music on this ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
Scotland sparked the imaginations of many 19th-century composers, whether the main attraction was its landscape, literature, or music. Max Bruch's Scottish Fantasy is one of the most durable keepsakes of this infatuation, so it's a fitting starting point for Rachel Barton Pine's Scottish concept album. Other composers had quoted the country's folksongs, but in this violin concerto, Bruch alluded to the persona -- and the particular musical repertoire -- of the Scottish fiddler. In approaching this familiar work, Pine strives to bring out the folk inflections that most violinists bury underneath a heavy layer of German Romantic style, yet much of the other music on this program still comes across as more authentically Scottish in character. That shouldn't be surprising, because compared to their continental colleagues, Sir Alexander Campbell Mackenzie and Sir John Blackwood McEwen were much closer to their own national traditions. Mackenzie's Pibroch Suite is an extremely attractive showpiece for the violin, earnestly melodic with a real workout for the soloist in the second movement's variations. McEwen's shorter Scottish Rhapsody "Prince Charlie" is more dramatic and descriptive; both of these works will be real finds for anyone seeking Romantic violin literature off the beaten path. Pine also gets to show off her technical aplomb in Pablo de Sarasate's tunefully virtuosic Airs écossais, and she closes the program with the most authentic music of all -- and some of the liveliest -- teaming up with Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser for their own newly arranged folksong medley. Like Pine's previous efforts, this is an unusually thoughtful and thought-provoking release, the excellent performances augmented by Pine's thorough program notes and even a video feature (in CD-ROM form), documenting the album's creation and the spectacular beauty of Scotland itself.
All Music Guide - James Leonard
Rachel Barton Pine really may be the most charismatic, the most virtuosic, and the most compelling American violinist of her generation. Her recordings from Handel through Brahms have been sweet-toned, strong-willed, and deeply affecting and with this two-disc set called Scottish Fantasies, Barton has once again turned in a completely convincing recording. Her performance of Bruch's very well-known "Scottish Fantasy" is warm-hearted and delightfully nostalgic. Her performance of Sarasate's fairly well-known "Airs ecossais" is superbly played and incredibly impressive. Her performances of Mackenzie's nearly unknown "Pibiroch Suite" and McEwen's previously unrecorded "Scottish Rhapsody Prince Charlie" are superlatively played and wonderfully touching. And her performance of a duet with Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser is twice as well played and absolutely irresistible. Under the expert direction of American conductor Alexander Platt, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra performs with heart, soul, and spirit. Cedille's sound is full, round, and warm.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2005
  • Label: Cedille
  • UPC: 735131908320
  • Catalog Number: 83
  • Sales rank: 17,111

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–5 Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46 - Max Bruch & Scottish Chamber Orchestra (31:11)
  2. 2 Airs Écossais, for violin & piano, Op. 34 - Pablo de Sarasate & Scottish Chamber Orchestra (7:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1–3 Pibroch Suite, Op. 42 - Alexander Mackenzie & Scottish Chamber Orchestra (23:42)
  2. 2 Prince Charlie, A Scottish Rhapsody, for violin & piano - John Blackwood McEwen & Scottish Chamber Orchestra (13:05)
  3. 3 Medley of Scots Tunes, for 2 violins & orchestra - Rachel Barton Pine / Alasdair Fraser & Scottish Chamber Orchestra (8:31)
  4. 4 Untitled CD-ROM Track - Unspecified (25:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rachel Barton Pine Primary Artist
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