|Artist||Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Dame Evelyn Glennie (percussion), John McLeod/Holly Mathieson (conductors)ra Dame Evelyn Glennie (percussion)|
Energetic and active in his eighties, John McLeod CBE, one of Scotland's leading composers, continues to enjoy a resurgence heralded - among a flurry of commissions and premieres - by Red Note Ensemble's 2015 Delphian album of his chamber music. Its distinctive colour and drama are equally evident in the orchestral works brought together here, three of them under the composer's own baton. Written forty years apart, The Shostakovich Connection and Out of the Silence pay homage to the Russian master's Fifth Symphony and to the maverick yet impeccable craftsmanship of the Danish composer Carl Nielsen. The Percussion Concerto - a stupendous and substantial display piece - makes full use of the extraordinary talents of Dame Evelyn Glennie, for whom it was written thirty years ago, while the Hebridean Dances, in lighter vein yet no less vivid, bring proceedings to a rousing finish.
Selected as one of The Art's Desk's 10 best classical CDs of 2018
'An hour spent with John McLeod yields rich rewards, both in aural satisfaction and in the affirmation of a strong sense of musical continuity. A percussion concerto for Evelyn Glennie opens unexpected possibilities, like shavings of dark chocolate on a rich meat dish'. Norman Lebrecht on 'Slipped Disc'
'This is without doubt a major release in terms of contemporary Scottish orchestral music'. The Herald
'A feaverish outpouring of hungry ideas, all knitted in a framework that speaks with spontaneous logic'. The Scotsman
'Beginning in hushed tones 'Out of the Silence' develops into something magical'. BBC Music Magazine
'Enormously enjoyable. Recommended with enthusiasm as a compelling introduction to a major figure'. The Arts Desk
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