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Sally Beamish - The Singing

Composer Sally Beamish
Performer James Crabb
Håkan Hardenberger
Branford Marsalis
National Youth Orchestra of Scotland
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2156 SACD
EAN 7318599921563
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Aug 2015
Total time 73'56

The works on this disc of music by Sally Beamish were composed between 2003 and 2012. As a whole the programme highlights the inspiration she has found in Scotland, her adopted homeland, and its landscape and history, while also reflecting her interest in jazz and Scottish traditional music. Its title, ‘The Singing’ is taken from the opening work, a concerto for accordion and orchestra, but it also symbolizes her interest in song, be it Gaelic chants (as in the concerto) or a Scottish lullaby (Under the Wing of the Rock), and the more abstract concept of translating words into music, as in her Trumpet Concerto, which takes Italo Calvino’s novel Invisible Cities as its starting point. As a composer, Sally Beamish often works in close collaboration with ‘her’ performers – three previous BIS releases testifies to her long involvement with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. On the present disc the three concertante works are all performed by the eminent soloists for whom they were written: James Crabb, Branford Marsalis and Håkan Hardenberger. The two former are joined by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, an ensemble which has performed works by Beamish on several occasions, in concert and on disc. Conducted by Martyn Brabbins, another champion of Breamish’s music, the RSNO has also recorded two purely orchestral works, A Cage of Doves and Reckless, while the Trumpet Concerto features the same team that premièred it in 2003: the aforementioned Hardenberger and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland under Martyn Brabbins.
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  Sally Beamish
  The Singing - Concerto for accordion and orchestra (2006) 22'09
01 I. Andante–Allegro–Andante 6'31
02 II. Lento 2'00
03 Variation 1. Più mosso 1'10
04 Variation 2. Più mosso 0'41
05 Variation 3. Ancora più mosso 0'41
06 Variation 4. Adagio 2'42
07 Variation 5. Adagio 2'17
08 Variation 6 0'54
09 III. Variation 7/Finale. Allegro 5'13
10 A Cage of Doves (2007) 12'07
11 Under the Wing of the Rock (2006/2008) 13'03
12 Reckless (2012) for chamber orchestra 2'38
  Trumpet Concerto (2003) 22'47
13 I. Prelude. Adagio – Allegro 6'54
14 II. Andante 7'27
15 III. Allegro – Presto 8'26
  Album total 73'56
ComposerBeamish, Sally
ConductorBrabbins, Martyn
OrchestraHardenberger, Håkan
National Youth Orchestra of Scotland
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
AccordionCrabb, James
Alto saxophoneMarsalis, Branford
TrumpetHardenberger, Håkan

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