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Scottish Ensemble

Scottish Ensemble

Versatile and vibrant string ensemble who are as much at home with contemporary music as the Baroque, who deliver consistently high quality performances.



Super Audio Collection Vol. 8
Super Audio Collection Vol. 8
Featuring Joe Stilgoe, Robin Ticciati, Claire Martin, Thomas Sondergard, Big Screen & Ingrid Fliter. 

AKP 537  

Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich for strings
Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich for strings
Under the directorship of Jonathan Morton SE adds the Tchaikovsky Serenade to its impressive series. 

CKD 472  

Tavener: Ypakoe
Tavener: Ypakoe
Celebrating the music of John Tavener, one of the best known and popular composers of his generation 

CKD 492  

Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Linn celebrates its 40th anniversary with a limited edition collection bursting with stand-out music 

AKD 425  

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  

Britten: Les Illuminations
Britten: Les Illuminations
An outstanding recording of three Britten works named 'Best Multichannel SACD of the Year' 2005. 

BKD 226  

Linn 'Selektions' The Surround Sound sampler
Linn 'Selektions' The Surround Sound sampler
A superb collection of tracks from Linn's Super Audio CD catalogue. 

AKP 245  

Ravel & Shostakovich for strings
Ravel & Shostakovich for strings
The mesmerising Ensemble perform Rudolf Barshai's arrangement of Ravel and Shostakovich 

BKD 215  

Linn Records Sampler
Linn Records Sampler
Linn Records sampler with highlights from the Jazz, Classical and Scottish catalogue. 

AKP 175  

Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony
Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony
A magnificent performance of Shostakovich featuring trumpeter John Wallace and pianist Sophia Rahman 

BKD 095  

Tavener: Tears Of The Angels
Tavener: Tears Of The Angels
Gramophone named this world premiere Tavener recording a 'record of the year'. You can see why... 

BKD 085  

Scottish Ensemble

The Scottish Ensemble is a dynamic group of twelve string soloists, formed from some of the most highly respected classical musicians in Europe.  The group performs without a conductor, led from the violin by its Artistic Director, Jonathan Morton.  The Scottish Ensemble regularly commissions new work, plays rare and unusual pieces, and brings characteristic style and spirit to more well-known music.

The Ensemble receives invitations to perform all over the UK and internationally, and is an important musical ambassador for Scotland.  Recent and forthcoming engagements include the Edinburgh International Festival; St Magnus Festival, Orkney; Aldeburgh Festival; BBC Proms; Shanghai Spring International Festival; MDR Sommerfest in Germany, and the City of London Festival.

Performing some 50 concerts a year, the Scottish Ensemble is committed to Scotland and Scottish audiences.  Spearheading classical music provision, the Scottish Ensemble travels the length and breadth of the country appearing in all major towns and cities as well as in more remote areas.

The Scottish Ensemble is passionately committed to the communities in which it performs, and creates learning and participation opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.  Education and outreach is central to the work of the Ensemble, and our award-winning Education Director, Paul Rissmann, designs an acclaimed programme of tailor-made creative workshops and concerts for schools and community groups throughout Scotland.  In summer 2006, the Scottish Ensemble undertook a tour of Argyll & Bute with Carnival, a programme of workshops and performance for primary schools, and in July 2007 will give schools and family concerts at the Wigmore Hall featuring Fraser Trainer's House Monsters.

Scottish Ensemble concerts are regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Radio Scotland, and the group received an award from Classic FM for its "outstanding contribution to classical music." The latest CD release for Linn Records features works by Benjamin Britten with tenor Toby Spence, and has received outstanding critical acclaim both in the UK and abroad.

"a revelation" The Guardian

 


For further information - www.scottishensemble.co.uk
Edinburgh Festival dates for Linn artists
03 July 2009
Linn at EIF
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Linn artists at the BBC Proms
30 June 2009
live concerts in London
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'Expertly played, immaculately paced and skilfully shaped...'
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BBC Music Magazine
John Tavener, one of those lucky composers who can expect to encounter their work before the ink is scarcely dry.
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Pizzicato
'The Shostakovich transcription has an expressivity that goes well with the music.'


Classical CD Choice
'Here is a sterling example: while both of these pieces have enjoyed recommendable interpretations before, this particular coupling - performed with suitable panache - allows the listener to compare two great Russian masters from different eras.'
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BBC Radio 3 ‘CD Review’
'Jonathon Morton's intelligent arrangement of Shostakovich's 2nd string quartet is the coupling...It's an enjoyable recording...'
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The Observer
4 Stars
'The Scottish Ensemble's crystal-clear playing is a joy.'
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The Telegraph
4 Stars
'Jonathan Morton's Scottish Ensemble reveal new spectrums of colour in Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich.'
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SA-CD.net
4 Stars
'An invigorating release.'
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Herald Scotland
'It is a stonker, with a characteristically big-boned, confident and (under the consummately authoritative leadership of Jonathan Morton) compelling performance of Tchaikovsky's Serenade For Strings, the greatest of all classics for string orchestra.'
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The Times
4 Stars
'superbly virtuosic'
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Gramophone
'The two works, in fact, are not only extremely well and intelligently played but give the listener much food for thought about Russia in their juxtaposition.'
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Hi Fi Choice
4½ Stars
The Scottish Ensemble produces a recording of 'massive range of dynamics and colours'
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Pizzicato
4 Stars

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HighFidelityReview.com
Toby Spence is simply mesmerizing
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Classique

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Gramophone
the music positively glitters
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BBCi
dramatic and evocative performances
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The Sunday Times
4 Stars
Owen's playing is a luxury for the ear
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Inverness Courier
immaculate and beautifully round-toned horn-playing
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ClassicsToday.com
5 Stars
essential listening for all Britten fans
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The Sunday Telegraph
a disc that no Brittten enthusiast should overlook
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Independent on Sunday
4 Stars
An irresistable recording
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The Daily Telegraph
plenty of chamber-like transparency to the text
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The Herald
spectacularly well performed and recorded
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The Sunday Herald
a breathtaking array of intense, precision playing
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International Record Review
how they glitter
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ClassicalCDReview.com
first rate performances and stunning sonics
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Classic FM
5 Stars
This is 21st-century Britten
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The Scotsman
this disc screams "go out and buy me"
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
spacious, warm sound
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Musicweb-International.com
this disc [is] in a class of its own
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The Guardian
a robustness and sense of adventure
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Music Week
a richly coloured performance of Les Illuminations
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Soundstage.com
5 Stars
Named Best Multichannel SACD of the Year
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Atlanta Audio Society
a beautifully honed, rich sounding, dynamic ensemble
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The Gramophone
this excellently recorded disc is irresistable...
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Gramophone
Sensitive, beautifully played arrangements of pivotal 20th-century quartets.
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The Observer
Combining a thrilling intensity with flawless technique, this is string-playing as original as it is eloquent.
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McAlister Matheson Music
The Scottish Ensemble has done nothing better on record than this.
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'...thoroughly committed and convincing throughout...'
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The Scotsman
'This album offers both mystery and electrifying charm in equal measure.'
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Daily Telegraph
...an ear catching canvas of colours.
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The List
5 Stars
The Scottish Ensemble play both works with the polish and expressive power we expect from them.
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The Herald
5 Stars
'...a pungent and powerful performance by Gould's elite brigade.'
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Inverness Courier
played by a vibrant and sensitive young group...
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The Sunday Herald
5 Stars
'It is an unqualified success.'
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Nairnshire Telegraph
From the extraordinary opening Fanfare to the concluding DÈpart, we were exposed to a series of highly individual sound worlds...
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The Herald
A nicely balanced programme on paper materialised under the direction of Clio Gould as an occasion to savour the inventiveness of Benjamin Britten's contribution to musical life -...
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Aberdeen Press and Journal
There was exquisitely beautiful playing from Clio Gould and the Scottish Ensemble...
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The Strad
'The quality of the string playing throughout is outstanding: admirably expressive, fearlessly virtuosic and surprisingly full-toned.'
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BBC Music Magazine
4½ Stars
'A fine recording.'
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The Daily Telegraph
'Classical CD of the Week': 'An intense recording.'
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Bradford Telegraph and Argus
This ensemble of young musicians represent the cream of talent for the future...
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Northern Echo
5 Stars
The Concerto for Trumpet and Strings is tongue in cheek vitality Sophia Rahman and John Wallace bring off brilliantly.
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The Times
'...it would be difficult to think of an ensemble better suited to Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony...'
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Inverness Courier
an electrifying and intensely moving performance...
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Christchurch New Zealand
4 Stars
The performances are excellent.
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The Observer
delivered with grace and elegance by the ensemble...
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....strangely beautiful, in a contemplative, other-worldly way.
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Epulse Magazine
...exquisitely voiced harmonies...
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La Scena Musicale
4 Stars
Fans of spiritual minimalism will delight in John Tavener's Tears of the Angels.
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The Buffalo News
4 Stars
"Tears of the Angels" is an exquisite plaint for violin and strings
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Billboard
...shouldn't be overlooked.


Tacoma Reporter
The exotic blend is pure aural aromatherapy.
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Denver Rocky Mountain News
...slow-moving pieces of heavenly serenity.
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brings to mind beatific visions of angels
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Klassienke Zaken mag

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Life and Work
achingly beautiful purity emerges in the music on this album.
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Stereophile
It's sounds you could swim in. Seek this one out.
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Northern Echo
For sheer beauty of sound and emotional depths the Scottish Ensembles disc is well nigh impossible to beat....


The Inverness Courier
Classical Record of the Year


Darlington and Stockton Times
Tavener's most recent and beautiful works...


Sound and Music

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Classic CD
A suberb performance with outstanding playing
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Gramophone
An extremely moving and beautiful disc that should not be missed.
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Classic CD Magazine
5 Stars
.."at the extreme breaking point of tenderness"...


Inverness Courier
...becomes increasingly animated and Eastern in style...
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Northern Echo
haunting, gentle and emotionally intense...
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Bradford Telegraph
All in all a beautiful disc I urge you to try.
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The Standard
a work that can be as frightening as it is beautiful...
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