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Scottish Choral Music

Aled Jones finds out about choral singing in Scotland with Susan Hamilton, co-founder and artistic director of one of only two professional choirs based north of the border, the Dunedin Consort, and musician and broadcaster Mary Ann Kennedy, who is a leading figure in the Scottish traditional music scene.

Plus news from the successful National Youth Choir of Scotland as well as music from William Sweeney and Peter Maxwell Davies - contemporary composers who have found inspiration in the traditions and landscape of the country.

Ludwig van Beethoven
12 Scottish songs
No. 2 Duncan Gray
Felicity Lott (soprano), John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Thomas Allen (baritone), Marieke Blankestijn, Elizabeth Layton, Krysia Osostowiz (violin), Ursula Smith (cello), Malcolm Martineau (piano)
DG 477 5128, CD 6, track 5

Ù-bhi à-bhi, ù-bhi à-bhi/ Mac a Phì (Puirt-a-beul, Mouth music), Trad. Arr. Roberton
Massed Gaelic Choirs

Thomas Tallis
O nata lux
Dunedin Consort
Delphian DCD 34008, track 2,

George Frideric Handel
Chorus: For unto a child is born
Dunedin Consort & Players
Linn CKD 285, track 13

John Bevan Baker
A group of Songs from “Songs of Courtship”
No 1: Out in the Bushlands
No: 3 Plop fall the plums
Consort of Voices, with piano Graeme McNaught, Stuart Hope, conductor William Conway
Linn CKD 286, tracks 1 & 3

Psalm 16: v. 8-9 sung to the tune of Kilmarnock
Before me constantly, I set the Lord alone
precentor Calum Martin with congregation from the Back Free Church on the Isle of Lewis
Salm: Volume I, track 1

William Sweeney
Salm an fherrain
Cappella Nova directed by Alan Taverner
Linn CKD 014, track 10

John Gardner
Prayer under the pressure of violent anguish from
A Burns Sequence, op 213
National Youth Choir of Scotland, conducted by Christopher Bell
NYCoS CD1, track 1

Anthea Haddow
The Peoples Mass
Benedictus; La Muerta
Solo voice Susan Hamilton, Dunedin Consort with Helen Thomson on harp
Delphian DCD 34018, tracks 14 and 15

Stuart MacRae (words Julia MacDonald)
Alasdair à Gleann a Garadh
(Lament for Alasdair of Glengarry)
Inverness Gaelic Choir conducted by Jamie MacGregor
BBC recording from the Mod

Fiona and Eilidh Mackenzie arr. Neil Houston
A’Fighe le Feur
Atomic Piseag
Silk CD KCD 020, track 5

Trad. Arr. K. Thomson
Balaich an Iasgaich (The Fisher Lads)
Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association (Ceòlraidh Gàidhlig Ghlaschu), conducted by Kenneth Thomson
Skye CD48, track 1

Johann Sebastian Bach
Matthew Passion
O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groβ
Dunedin Consort & Players
CD1 T38 Linn CKD 313

Peter Maxwell Davies
House of Winter / Sea Runes
BBC Singers, Simon Joly
Collins 14632, tracks 2 & 3

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1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sun 3 May 2009 18:30