40th Special Anniversary Edition (Music CD)

Release Date: 10 February 2014
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This special 40th Anniversary Edition celebrates the Scottish Chamber Orchestras fortieth year with a brand new recording of Wagners Siegfried Idyll conducted by Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati. An additional hand-picked selection of works, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras and Joseph Swensen, from across its decade-long partnership with Linn completes the programme. Although more commonly played in a version for full orchestra rather than for chamber ensemble, this recording of Siegfried Idyll is closer to Wagners premiere performance, a birthday gift to his wife, Cosima. Ticciati and the larger string forces of the SCO skilfully enhance the richer tone of the works radiant beauty. Robin Ticciati - a young Colin Davis, Thomas Beecham and Charles Mackerras rolled into one has had an impressive start to his recording career with the SCO, with two critically acclaimed recordings of Berlioz. 2014 sees Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra embark upon their first symphonic cycle with the release of Schumann: Symphonies 1-4 in April. Sir Charles Mackerras, the SCOs Conductor Laureate until his passing in 2010, made numerous award-winning recordings including BBC Music Magazines 2010 Disc of the Year recording, Mozart Symphonies 38-41, on which this impressive performance of Symphony No. 41 features. Awarding the recording five stars, The Sunday Times described it as possibly their finest record to date...I don't know more enthralling accounts of the Jupiter on disc. As Principal Conductor of the SCO from 1996-2005 Joseph Swensen made five thrilling recordings in all, encompassing Brahms, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Prokofiev and Sibelius: Theatre Music from which The Tempest is taken. Composed when Sibelius was reaching the climax of his career, the ambitious second Suite contains some of his most inspired ideas and finest music; it is a mouth-watering addition to this program.
Release Date: 10 February 2014