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Scott: Concerto for Cello, Symphony no 1 / Watkins, Brabbins

Album Summary

>Scott, Cyril : Concerto for Cello
>Scott, Cyril : Symphony no 1 in G major
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Chandos survey of music by Cyril Scott comes to a close with two world premiere recordings of the Cello Concerto and First Symphony. Cyril Scott was amongst the many young British musicians who studied music in Germany, where he acquired the German artistic ideas of the time. While in Germany he met and became a champion of the German poet Stefan George and this friendship proved immeasurably influential in his compositional writing, especially his First Symphony which he dedicated to George.

BBC Music Magazine
Paul Watkins is an eloquent soloist and Martyn Brabbins directs taut but sympathetic performances... well worth any British music-lover's time

Fanfare
a wider acquaintance with Scott's rich output is to be encouraged

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This fourth volume in the Chandos Scott series opens not only with a first recording, but a first performance of the Cello Concerto from 1937.

By then Scott had become so unfashionable that, along with at least two unperformed operas, this concerto got forgotten. That would be an unjust final judgement. It opens with a 16-minute movement that is virtually a concerto on its own. Right at the start the sustained strings with superimposed celesta create a magical atmosphere. The cello soloist enters with a distinctive rising figure and then Scott's improvisatory instinct takes over. The continuity is close to Delius and some of the scoring is as rich as Ravel.

The second movement is largely an accompanied cadenza, leading to the final rondo where a perky solo bassoon kicks off. There's plenty for the soloist to do but it takes a few hearings for the distinctive qualities of Scott's idiom to sink in. Unlike the Elgar Concerto there's little thematic repetition.

Paul Watkins sounds superb and, as before, Martyn Brabbins is an admirable exponent.

The Symphony No 1 (1899) is another curiosity - this is probably only its second performance since the composer withdrew it after the premiere.

The first movement is labelled Allegro frivolo and it's not far from Sullivan; the Andante has a baleful cor anglais solo; and, because the first two pages of the score were missing, the Allegretto has been completed by Leslie De'Ath, the pianist who has recorded Scott's complete piano works. The finale starts with a modal trombone theme followed by a series of variations and a tentative fugue. A weird touch is the minor-key ending.

Gramophone Magazine
The concerto time forgot - despite its Ravel richness - is lovingly revived. Paul Watkins sounds superb and Martyn Brabbins is an admirable exponent.



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>Scott, Cyril : Concerto for Cello
  • Performer: Paul Watkins (Cello)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/17/2007-10/18/2007)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1937

>Scott, Cyril : Symphony no 1 in G major
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/17/2007-10/18/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899