Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases

Arnold
Scottish Dances, Op.59
Tam O’Shanter – Overture, Op.51
Berlioz
Rob Roy – Overture
Waverley – Overture, Op.2
MacCunn
Land of the Mountain and the Flood – Overture
Mendelssohn
Overture – The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave), Op.26
Verdi
Macbeth – Ballet Music
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Sir Alexander Gibson

Philharmonia Orchestra
Bryden Thomson [Arnold Scottish Dances]

Recorded on 29 & 30 June 1981 in Henry Wood Hall (SNO Centre), Glasgow; Arnold Scottish Dances recorded on 7 & 8 February 1990 in St Jude’s Church, London NW11
CD No: CHANDOS 10412 X
Duration: 71 minutes
Reviewed: February 2007
Hamish MacCunn’s splendid overture backed BBC-Television’s “Sutherland’s Law”. Gibson’s conducting of Waverley has terrific verve and he makes a strong case for Rob Roy. The inebriated hallucinations of Tam O’Shanter are vividly conveyed as is the mist and sea-foam of The Hebrides and the witches’ brew of Verdi’s ballet music. Thomson persuades a Sassenach orchestra to do the Highland Fling.

 

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