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Eddie McGuire (b.1958): Entangled Fortunes -String Trio; Quintet 2; Euphoria; Elegy / Red Note Ensemble

Album Summary

>McGuire, Eddie : Elegy, for piano trio
>McGuire, Eddie : Euphoria, for flute, violin, bass clarinet, cello, percussion & piano
>McGuire, Eddie : String Trio
>McGuire, Eddie : Entangled Fortunes, for piano trio
>McGuire, Eddie : Quintet for violin, cello, flute, clarinet & piano no 2
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Eddie McGuire is one of Scotland's greatest living composers. A renaissance man, his compositional voice is informed by a broad wealth of cultural experience and by an unlimited melodic creativity. In this intensely beautiful and unpretentious music, folk-like tunes appear naturally, taking their place in a world of invention large enough to contain minimalist gestures, intense romanticism, meditative and sudden drama. Red Note Ensemble brings passion and care to this music - a token of the regard in which McGuire is held by Scottish musicians of all generations.

The Scotsman, 27th June 2015
[Eddie McGuire is] a composer of immense sincerity, supreme craftsmanship and creative integrity. Red Note's warm and sensitive performances are an equal match.

The Guardian, 2nd July 2015
Heartfelt and unambiguous, often straight-up tuneful, the music of Glaswegian composer, folk scholar and socialist Eddie McGuire hasn't always had the attention it deserves - which makes this survey of chamber works doubly lovely. McGuire's language takes in minimalism and Romanticism, tango and Gaelic psalms, fiddle tunes and modernism, but the final mix is unfussy and organic.

Sunday Times, 5th July 2015
Refreshingly and compellingly, the Scottish composer's music disdains allegiance or aversion to any -ism.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2015
A beguiling, lyrical grace weaves through much of this Scottish composer's chamber music, and these performances well capture its questing expressiveness.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2015
The disc offers a lively collection of McGuire's chamber music. Much of the disc is highly affirming, notably Euphoria (1980), a delicious, efferescent work composed at the height of Cold War frost and the Thatcherite government.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Mary's Church, Whitekirk, East Lothian (11/24/2014-11/26/2014).



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Works Details

>McGuire, Eddie : Elegy, for piano trio
  • Ensemble: Red Note Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, Whitekirk, East Lothian (11/24/2014-11/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>McGuire, Eddie : Euphoria, for flute, violin, bass clarinet, cello, percussion & piano
  • Ensemble: Red Note Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, Whitekirk, East Lothian (11/24/2014-11/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>McGuire, Eddie : String Trio
  • Ensemble: Red Note Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, Whitekirk, East Lothian (11/24/2014-11/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>McGuire, Eddie : Entangled Fortunes, for piano trio
  • Ensemble: Red Note Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, Whitekirk, East Lothian (11/24/2014-11/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>McGuire, Eddie : Quintet for violin, cello, flute, clarinet & piano no 2
  • Ensemble: Red Note Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, Whitekirk, East Lothian (11/24/2014-11/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music