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Mackenzie: Violin Concerto, Pibroch Suite Import

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This CD presents the recordings of two of Scottish late-Romantic Sir Alexander mackenzie's concerted works for violin including the Pibroch Suite of 1881. The word 'pilbroch' is taken from bagpipe music where it denotes a classical style (usually in variation form) rather than the more usual 'strathspey and reel' type of dance music associated with the instrument. The concerto dates from 1885 and was written for Sarasate.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Violin Concerto in C sharp minor, Op. 32: Allegro non troppo -
  2. Violin Concerto in C sharp minor, Op. 32: Largo
  3. Violin Concerto in C sharp minor, Op. 32: Finale: Allegro vivace
  4. Pibroch Suite, Op. 42: Rhapsody: Lento
  5. Pibroch Suite, Op. 42: Caprice: theme (Allegretto) - Variations 1-9 - Coda
  6. Pibroch Suite, Op. 42: Dance: Allegro vivace - Lento - Presto


Product Details

  • Performer: Steward
  • Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Composer: Mackenzie
  • Audio CD (June 9, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: HYPERION
  • ASIN: B0025YZ80Q
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,676 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a beautiful production in every way. Mackenzies' Violin Concerto and Pibroch Suite can definitely give the old war-horses a run for their money.

The famed violinist Pablo de Sarasate greatly prefered Macks' concerto to those of Brahms or Dvorak, and that was a legitimate opinion. This concerto is of that calibur.

The Pibroch Suite was written specifically for Sarasate. It's definitely a Scottish work and call me crazy, but I prefer it to Bruchs' Scottish Fantasy, and I love the Scottish Fantasy. This is a supremely beautiful suite, and this is by far its' best recorded performance.

Malcolm Stewart, long time concert master of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, plays divinely. He has a huge tone and beautiful phrasing. This guy can really carry a tune. When you consider all of the mediocre violinists fed to 'we the public', it's a crime that Stewart hasn't been widely recorded. He's a great player and I'd like to hear him in those war-horses.

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Handley(concerto) and Davies(suite)play wonderfully. The recording also has demonstration quality sound. An allround beatiful production.
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