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Hamish MacCunn (1868-1916)

Land of the mountain and the flood & other orchestral works

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins (conductor)
Recording details: April 1995
Govan Town Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Tony Kime
Release date: November 1995
Total duration: 69 minutes 15 seconds

Cover artwork: A Spate in the Highlands (1866) by Peter Graham (1836-1921)
© Manchester City Art Galleries
 
1
Land of the mountain and the flood  [9'15]
2
The Dowie Dens o' Yarrow  [10'13]
3
The Ship o' the Fiend  [11'53]
Jeanie Deans  [33'12]
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5
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9
10
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12
13
14
15
16
The Lay of the Last Minstrel
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18

Described as ‘unquestionably the finest opera of the late Victorian period’, Jeanie Deans was first performed in 1894 and has most recently been revived in 1986 and 1994, on each occasion being highly praised. This is the first recording of any part of it at all. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins are joined by distinguished soloists including Lisa Milne and Janice Watson.

Reviews

'Another consistently, thoroughly enjoyable Hyperion disc of discovery. The sound is demonstration class, with a floorboard-cracking bass end' (BBC Music Magazine Top 1000 CDs Guide)

'Yet again Hyperion successfully rediscovers one of our neglected Victorian composers … Admirers of Hyperion's earlier efforts need not hesitate to buy this' (Classic CD)
Hamish MacCunn: the name itself is a kind of bold statement, and if ever there was a composer who emerged from the glens and firths of Scotland, fully armed, the MacCunn was that person. Yet this is the first recording devoted solely to his work and, with the exception of Land of the Mountain and the Flood, the first of any of his orchestral music.

John Purser © 1995

Hamish MacCunn: le nom en lui-même est déjà une référence. Et s’il y avait un compositeur qui émergeât des vallées et des rivières d’Écosse en pleine possession de son talent musical c’est bien MacCunn. Il s’agit pourtant ici du premier enregistrement entièrement consacré à son œuvre et, exception faite de Land of the Mountain and the Flood, du premier enregistrement de sa musique pour orchestre.

John Purser © 1995
Français: Thierry Matutzu

Hamish MacCunn: Schon der Name sagt einiges aus, und wenn es je einen Komponisten gab, der mit allem gewappnet aus den schottischen Tälern und Förden hervorging, so war es kein anderer als MacCunn. Dennoch ist dies die erste Aufnahme, die sich ausschließlich seinem Werk widmet und, mit der Ausnahme von Land of the Mountain and the Flood, die erste Aufnahme seiner Orchestermusik überhaupt.

John Purser © 1995
Deutsch: Cornelia Schroeder

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