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Scottish Lake after a Storm by Gustave Doré (1832-1883)
Musée de Grenoble
Track(s) taken from CDH55395
Recording details: August 1994
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Tony Kime
Release date: February 1995
Total duration: 8 minutes 48 seconds

'Another hugely enjoyable Hyperion rescue-act … all told, a delightful release' (Gramophone)

'A recording like this practically recommends itself—a feast for the ear and the soul, not to be missed under any circumstances' (American Record Guide)

'[A] splendid disc. The performances … are exemplary, giving Mackenzie's music the best possible opportunity to speak for itself' (The Times)

'Full of panache, wit and good tunes. This deserves to be one of the great orchestral records of the year' (Classic CD)

Benedictus, Op 37 No 3
1888; from Six Pieces for Violin, Op 37

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Mackenzie arranged Benedictus for small orchestra, extracting it from his Opus 37 for violin and piano, which was premiered by Lady Hallé. He had originally called it Benedicite, having composed it in Italy where freedom from his demanding schedule of duties gave so much of his finest work the chance to emerge. It was destined to become his best known piece, Mackenzie wryly commenting in 1927 that its success was ‘not yet quite dimmed by forty years of fairly constant wear and tear’ which included twice-weekly performances by the police band in Hong Kong. How they coped with its soaring and expansive beauties can only be guessed at. The gorgeous melody reflects Mackenzie’s deep feeling for the violin, to which is added a sensitive use of harmonic and orchestral colouring. But above all it expresses with sensual beauty a love which is, paradoxically, the purer for it, and is indeed a blessing.

from notes by John Purser © 1995

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