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Alec Frank-Gemmill

Alec Frank-Gemmill

Principal horn of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Alec Frank-Gemmill divides his time between concertos, recitals, chamber music, and orchestral playing. 



Edinburgh 1742: Barsanti & Handel
Edinburgh 1742: Barsanti & Handel
A diverse programme of concerti, wind music and Scottish songs by composers Barsanti and Handel. 

CKD 567  

Mozart: Divertimenti
Mozart: Divertimenti
This recording captures the wealth of detail in Mozart's Divertimenti. 

CKD 479  

Fasch: Quartets and Concertos
Fasch: Quartets and Concertos
Fasch's finest chamber music is full of catchy tunes and contrapuntal ingenuity in equal measure. 

CKD 467  

Weber: Wind Concertos
Weber: Wind Concertos
The SCO section principals dazzle in Weber's virtuosic and thrilling concertos. 

BKD 409  

Alec Frank-Gemmill - horn 

Alec Frank-Gemmill was artist in residence at the 2013 Lammermuir Festival and made his Wigmore Hall debut the same year. He has since gone on to perform as a soloist at numerous festivals including Spitalfields, Ryedale, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and St. Magnus. With his own orchestra, the SCO, he has performed concertos by Mozart with Richard Egarr, Ligeti and Strauss with Robin Ticciati, Schumann with John Eliot Gardiner, and MacMillan with Andrew Manze.

Often invited as a guest principal horn, Frank-Gemmill has frequently appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. As a soloist, he has long been keen to explore the solo repertoire of the Baroque era and to champion the use of instruments from the nineteenth century. A grant from Creative Scotland has also enabled Frank-Gemmill to develop his interest in historical performance. He appears regularly as part of period-instrument ensembles. He is the recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship.

Frank-Gemmill is professor of horn at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, having himself studied in Cambridge, London, and Berlin with teachers including Hugh Seenan, Radovan Vlatkovi, and Marie-Luise Neunecker.

Ensemble Marsyas Is A Recording Of The Year
09 December 2017
MusicWeb International reviewer chooses 'Edinburgh 1742'
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Ensemble Marsyas Chart With 'Edinburgh 1742'
11 August 2017
#2 in the UK Specialist Classical Chart
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SCO's Mozart enters the UK Specialist Chart
23 February 2015
Divertimenti recording is #11
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Chamber 'Choice' Accolade For Ensemble Marsyas
01 October 2014
Five Star Fasch
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BBC Radio 3 Announces 2014 New Generation Artists
09 September 2014
SCO Principal Horn Player Alec Frank-Gemmill named.
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MusicWeb International
Recording of the Year: '...wonderfully vivid playing of tremendous music was the icing on the cake. Lip-smacking stuff!'
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BBC Music Magazine
4½ Stars
'Ensemble Marsyas afford all due splendour to ravishing largos, martial pomp to rousing allegros, and high-spirited dance steps to Menuets...an assured disc of horn-infused Baroque finery.'


MusicWeb International
'In all five Concerti Grossi the Edinburgh-based Ensemble Marsyas play with impeccable stylistic elegance...decidedly pleasing...'
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Gramophone
Editor's Choice: 'Emilie Renard is the soprano here, and no less boldly magnificent is she than the horns that blow through not only this piece but virtually the whole disc like an invigorating and cleansing wind.'
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The Arts Desk
'This superb disc celebrates Barsanti’s Scottish period, pairing his music with works by his one-time collaborator, Handel...Glorious stuff...Linn’s sound is spectacularly vivid.'
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All Music
'Recommended for those who love Handel and his era.'
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RTE Lyric FM 'Classic Drive'
CD of the Week


Presto Classical
Editor's Choice: '...brought off with captivating brio from all involved'
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MDR Kultur
CD of the Week: '…due to the freshness, originality and natural virtuosity of the performances …the album is therefore an unconditional recommendation.'
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Pizzicato
5 Stars
'Ensemble Marsyas plays with an infectious joy of music making...The refinement and the elegance are equally impressive.'
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BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
'...played with tremendous zest and character...a vibrant recording...'
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Europadisc
'Engaging, entertaining, sensitive and remarkably assured, it will appeal to all lovers of Baroque music. Altogether a triumphant disc.'
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The Guardian
4 Stars
'...it’s a rich insight, played with great style and charisma.'
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The Irish Times
5 Stars
'Baroque music gem: The performances by Ensemble Marsyas...are consistently bracing.'
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ConcertoNet.com
'...this is a very beautiful record that will delight the admirers of Fasch...'
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Das Klassik-Blog
'...einem wunderbar transparenten Klang. Unbedingt anhören!'
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Forbes
CD of the Week: '...absolutely jumps out of the speakers for the vitality of the performances and the audiophile sound.'
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Fanfare
'The Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Soloists' performances of these works are superb in every way.'
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American Record Review
'The concert is well played, full of the elegance, wit, and zest that conjures the mystique of a bygone era. Fingers are easy and effortless, articulated passages sparkle, and teamwork is generally excellent.'
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Limelight
5 Stars
Editor’s Choice: 'Classical charm and grace...it's the fine performances that make this recording stand out.'
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Early Music Today
5 Stars
'Bassoonist Peter Whelan is outstanding, although the whole group plays with uncanny rapport, turning Fasch's smart blends of instrumental timbres, baroque and galant styles, elegant Largos and frisky, virtuosic Allegros, into a stream of unalloyed listening pleasure.'
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The Guardian
4 Stars
'These performances pick up on every morsel of wit and ingenuity in the wind writing, and never forget that the purpose of this music was to entertain.'
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The Guardian
'...the real star is Peter Whelan's bassoon, burbling through its vast range with dancing precision, underpinning the quartets and shining in a C major concerto...'
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Irish Times
5 Stars
'...you can expect to be delighted by the distinctive colours as well as the often gutsy brio of the playing.'
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Klassik
4 Stars
,,Glanzvolle Auftritte. Die exzellenten Bläsersolisten des Scottish Chamber Orchestra sind hervorragende Interpreten von Carl Maria von Webers Bläserkonzerten. Das Orchester aber hat schon weitaus runder geklungen.''
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ClassicFM
'It's a lively listen, guaranteed to brighten up any afternoon and put a smile on your face.'
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
'A wonderful disc'
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