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Beamish: Viola Concerto no 2 "Seafarer", etc / Rudner, et al

Album Summary

>Beamish, Sally : Concerto for Viola no 2 "The Seafarer"
>Beamish, Sally : Whitescape
>Beamish, Sally : Concerto for Orchestra "Sangsters"
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
From 1998 to 2002 Sally Beamish enjoyed a four-year dual residency with the Swedish and Scottish chamber orchestras. The compositional results included this trio of orchestral works, which are among her best: there's the kind of creative confidence and certainty, couched in unmistakable personal tones, which, in assured performances, well recorded, makes for a firstrate CD... More impressively still, the Second Viola Concerto (2001) takes a fresh look at the genre's standard three-movement form. Beamish makes reference to an Anglo-Saxon poem which sets the travails of seafarers, aware of storms and the cries of birds, alongside visions of heavenly life after death. Against this background she charts a progression from brooding, rhapsodic material, within which quirky contrasts, percussion prominent, make highly effective incursions, towards a kind of repose - not exactly serene in spirit, but founded in rich, lucid harmony. This fine work has the added benefit of Tabea Zimmermann's marvellously characterful performance... No praise is too great for the excellence of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and their conductor Ola Rudner: never has musical northern-ness seemed more inviting.

Gramophone Magazine
On Sally Beamish striking and personal voice [whose works] combine lyricism and drama with clarity of form.

Gramophone Magazine
This trio of orchestral works are among her best: there's the kind of creative confidence and certainty, couched in unmistakable personal tones, which, in assured performances, well recorded, makes for a first-rate CD. ... the Second Viola Concerto (2001)... has the added benefit of Tabea Zimmermann's marvellously characterful performance.



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Works Details

>Beamish, Sally : Concerto for Viola no 2 "The Seafarer"
  • Performer: Tabea Zimmermann (Viola)
  • Conductor: Ola Rudner
  • Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 27 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2001
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Beamish, Sally : Whitescape
  • Conductor: Ola Rudner
  • Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Beamish, Sally : Concerto for Orchestra "Sangsters"
  • Conductor: Ola Rudner
  • Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 19 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2002
  • Studio/Live: Studio