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

'Mackenzie: Orchestral Music' (CDH55395)
Mackenzie: Orchestral Music
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Benedictus, Op 37 No 3
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

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDH55395 track 8
Recording date
12 August 1994
Recording venue
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland
Recording producer
Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Tony Kime
Hyperion usage
  1. Mackenzie: Orchestral Music (CDA66764)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: February 1995
    Deletion date: May 2009
    Superseded by CDH55395
  2. Mackenzie: Orchestral Music (CDH55395)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: May 2012
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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