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Concerto Caledonia

Concerto Caledonia

Original and vibrant chamber group specialising in Scottish early music directed from the harpsichord by David McGuinnness.



Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 2 sampler
Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 2 sampler
The second disc in the highly popular SACD sampler series. A great overview of the best of Linn. 

AKP 284  

Fiddler Tam
Fiddler Tam
Scotland's leading Baroque Ensemble, Concerto Caledonia, rediscovers the music of Thomas Erskine. 

CKD 240  

Mungrel Stuff
Mungrel Stuff
A selection of Scottish themed tunes from a great variety of composers. 

CKD 140  

Colin's Kisses
Colin's Kisses
Concerto Caledonia perform fresh and lively tunes by 18th century Scottish composer James Oswald. 

CKD 101  

Concerto Caledonia is Scotland’s leading baroque ensemble, specialising in the music of 18th century Scotland played on period instruments, and directed by David McGuinness. With their recordings of the music of John Clerk of Penicuik (Hyperion, 1998: “definitely one of the most important releases of Scottish music” The Scotsman) and James Oswald (Linn, 1999: “I hummed ‘The Thistle’ for a week” Gramophone), they have brought a vital part of Scotland's musical heritage to a wide audience, and have appeared at festivals of classical, early, contemporary and world music throughout the UK and in Europe. Regular collaborators include the soloists Catherine Bott, Mhairi Lawson and Jamie MacDougall, and the Cape Breton flute player Chris Norman.
For further information - www.concal.org
Fanfare Magazine
"This is an issue of considerable importance...beautifully constructed..."
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Audiophile Audition
"The ensemble plays with great elan and the sonics are crystalline."
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The Daily Telegraph
'Concerto Caledonia's spirited, stylish performances do full justice to a delightful programme.'
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Inverness Courier
'Kilravock finds go on record.'
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MusicWeb International
'A highly successful recording.'
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John O Groat Journal
'The music is always lively and busy.'
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The Independent on Sunday
4 Stars
'An attractive tribute to an unusual talent.'
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The Times
4 Stars
'A delightful CD.'
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The Scotsman
5 Stars
'[A] highly enjoyable disc.'
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The Sunday Herald
5 Stars
'Concerto Caledonia play with great style, understanding and fervour.'
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The Times
'I can't stop playing this delightful disc.'
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Fanfare
The pieces are mostly performed in an improvisatory, almost folksy style and to my mind elicit some of the most appealing playing on the disc...
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Classic FM
...magically beguiling music.
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Scotland on Sunday
a collection of Scottish-Italian music.


Early music review
...it receives a pedigree performance here!
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The Sunday Times Culture magazine
infectiously played and sung, compelling.
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Independent on Sunday
4 Stars
'Fascinating'
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ClassicsToday.com
5 Stars
'Outstanding'
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The Consort
It is a long time since I encountered such a delectable new sound from early music.


Gramophone
a particularly fascinating figure, the Scottish composer and music publisher James Oswald...
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HiFi News + Record Review
Delightful in its blend of Scottish snap and Italianate elegance, and strongly recommended.
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Early Music Today
...excellently sung by Catherine Bott ans Iain Paton, and discreetly accompanied by David McGuinness' harpsichord and other instruments.
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The Recorder Magazine
'Authoritative and vital interpretations.'
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Gramophone.
Oswald was an insatiable collector of Scottish traditional music and the examples presented by the splendid Concerto Caledonia deserve to be better known...
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Sound & Music
una satira elegante e arie tradizionali con una grazia consumata e una raffinatezza unica
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The Northern Echo.
4 Stars
A delightful entertainment and insight ninto some charming and graceful miniatures of the 18th century.
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Yorkshire Evening Press
4 Stars
graceful ornamentation and verbal clarity, laced with toungue-in-cheek delight
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The Observer - Review
As the superb Colin's kisses reveals Oswald's gift was lyrical rather than dynamic, and although his works were on a small scale they were beautifully formed.
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The List
4 Stars
'Concerto Caledonia brings out the beauty in all of Oswald's melodies.'
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What's On In London
'A fascinating insight.'
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