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Mackenzie: Violin Concerto, Pibroch Suite / Stewart, et al

Album Summary

>Mackenzie, Alexander : Concerto for Violin in C sharp minor, Op. 32
>Mackenzie, Alexander : Pibroch Suite, Op. 42
Performer Conductors Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This CD presents recordings of two of Scottish late-Romantic Sir Alexander Mackenzie's concerted works for violin including the Pibroch Suite of 1881. The word 'pibroch' is taken from bagpipe music where it denotes a classical style (usually in variation form) rather than the more usual 'strathspey and reel' type of dance music associated with the instrument. The concerto dates from 1885 and was written for Sarasate.

'As lovely and satisfying a concerto as I've been introduced to in a long while' (American Record Guide)

'Stewart is the real red-blooded article, with a big sound and a bow that travels across the strings so fast that it must look like a blur in the concert hall. But not a single note is blurred or slighted here' (Fanfare, USA)

'Malcolm Stewart probably learnt both pieces especially for this recording, but he plays them as though he's known them all his life. Vernon Handley had that miraculous knack of producing committed performances of unfamiliar music rather than just offering the right notes at the right time; the Scottish National Orchestra play with affection and fervour, and their one-time principal flautist, David Davies, is by no means overshadowed by his senior partner on the rostrum. So with fine music, finely performed, at bargain price, offering the chance to experience for oneself one of the earlier influences on Elgar, what more is there to say?' (Elgar Society Journal)



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>Mackenzie, Alexander : Concerto for Violin in C sharp minor, Op. 32
  • Performer: Malcolm Stewart (Violin)
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Running Time: 31 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Mackenzie, Alexander : Pibroch Suite, Op. 42
  • Performer: Malcolm Stewart (Violin)
  • Conductor: David Davies
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Running Time: 23 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern