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William Wallace: The Passing of Beatrice; Sir William Wallace; Villon; Sister Helen / BBC Scottish SO, Brabbins

Album Summary

>Wallace, William (I) : Symphonic Poem No 5 "Sir William Wallace"
>Wallace, William (I) : Symphonic Poem No 6 "Villon"
>Wallace, William (I) : Symphonic Poem No 1 "The Passing of Beatrice"
>Wallace, William (I) : Symphonic Poem No 3 "Sister Helen"
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

William Wallace was a classical scholar, a doctor, a poet and dramatist, a writer on music and musicians, and the man described by Shaw as, "a young Scotch composer with a very tender and sympathetic talent." His orchestral compositions rank amongst the earliest attempts at the genre of the symphonic poem to be made in the British Isles. His choice of subjects for these was at least as wide-ranging as his own interests and achievements. This mid-priced collection of tone poems features Martyn Brabbins leading the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Expedition Audio Recommended
The sample from the album in the right sidebar is the taut and dramatic final movement of Symphonic Poem No. 5 'Sir William Wallace'. Much of the music on the disc is more subtle and nuanced than this, but it's all passionate, beautifully orchestrated and directly appealing. Listeners on the lookout for something fresh in the late-Romantic vein will definitely want to consider picking this up ... read more ...

BBC Music Magazine
Composer, scholar, painter, eye surgeon, William Wallace's Lisztian creations roar back to late Romantic life in these full-blooded performances. While Villon is the most striking, all are worthwhile.

Gramophone Magazine
Hyperion have once again triumphed in rescuing some inexplicably neglected Scottish music... it is simply unbelievable that the symphonic poems presented here have had to wait till now to be recorded... once again Martyn Brabbins procures superbly assured and crafted performances from the BBCSSO, and the recorded sound too is of the highest quality.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 12/12/1995-12/13/1995.



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>Wallace, William (I) : Symphonic Poem No 5 "Sir William Wallace"
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: 12/12/1995-12/13/1995
  • Running Time: 20 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1905

>Wallace, William (I) : Symphonic Poem No 6 "Villon"
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: 12/12/1995-12/13/1995
  • Running Time: 16 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1909-1910

>Wallace, William (I) : Symphonic Poem No 1 "The Passing of Beatrice"
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: 12/12/1995-12/13/1995
  • Running Time: 15 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1892

>Wallace, William (I) : Symphonic Poem No 3 "Sister Helen"
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: 12/12/1995-12/13/1995
  • Running Time: 18 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: circa 1899