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Debussy & Takemitsu for strings

Scottish Ensemble

Debussy & Takemitsu for strings

...fresh colours
CKD 512 (Linn Records)
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1
String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10: I. Anime et tres decide (arr. Jonathan Morton)

String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10: I. Anime et tres decide (arr. Jonathan Morton)

Composer Claude Debussy
Conductor Jonathan Morton
Band Scottish Ensemble
06:47 Play $3.40
2
String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10: II. Assez vif et bien rythme (arr. Jonathan Morton)

String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10: II. Assez vif et bien rythme (arr. Jonathan Morton)

Composer Claude Debussy
Conductor Jonathan Morton
Band Scottish Ensemble
04:06 Play $1.70
3
String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10: III. Andantino, doucement expressif (arr. Jonathan Morton)

String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10: III. Andantino, doucement expressif (arr. Jonathan Morton)

Composer Claude Debussy
Conductor Jonathan Morton
Band Scottish Ensemble
07:50 Play $3.40
4
String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10: IV. Tres modere (arr. Jonathan Morton)

String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10: IV. Tres modere (arr. Jonathan Morton)

Composer Claude Debussy
Conductor Jonathan Morton
Band Scottish Ensemble
07:40 Play $3.40
5
Three Film Scores, Black Rain: II. Funeral Music

Three Film Scores, Black Rain: II. Funeral Music

Composer Toru Takemitsu
Conductor Jonathan Morton
Band Scottish Ensemble
04:20 Play $1.70
6
Preludes, Book 1, L. 117: VIII. The Girl with the Flaxen Hair (arr. Colin Matthews)

Preludes, Book 1, L. 117: VIII. The Girl with the Flaxen Hair (arr. Colin Matthews)

Composer Claude Debussy
Conductor Jonathan Morton
Band Scottish Ensemble
04:32 Play $1.70
7
Three Film Scores, Jose Torres: I. Music of Training and Rest

Three Film Scores, Jose Torres: I. Music of Training and Rest

Composer Toru Takemitsu
Conductor Jonathan Morton
Band Scottish Ensemble
04:39 Play $1.70
8
Children’s Corner, L. 113: II. Jimbo’s Lullaby (arr. James Manson)

Children’s Corner, L. 113: II. Jimbo’s Lullaby (arr. James Manson)

Composer Claude Debussy
Conductor Jonathan Morton
Band Scottish Ensemble
04:05 Play $1.70
9
Nostalghia

Nostalghia

Composer Toru Takemitsu
Conductor Jonathan Morton
Soloist Jonathan Morton: violin
Band Scottish Ensemble
11:23 Play $5.10
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Fusing French and Japanese influences, SE's new recording features works by Takemitsu and Debussy, two composers who share an instinctive feeling for instrumental colour and sensuous textures. SE combines the intimacy and unity of a string quartet with the force and power of an ensemble in this unique and beautiful recording.

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'...the Debussy [was] a successful orchestral exercise that revealed the revolution around the corner...SE's playing was dazzling.' The Herald

'The restful sentimentality of Nostalghia - with melting solo violin melody - had a magical calm. The quirky jazziness of Music of Training and Rest pushed the musical temperature up a notch.' The Scotsman


SE's reputation for excellent string arrangements (established with important commissions from the late Rudolph Barshai) continues with Jonathan Morton's arrangement of Debussy's String Quartet. The variety of string techniques and the wide palette of instrumental colours Debussy employed are all enhanced by the larger string ensemble, particularly in the sumptuously beautiful slow movement.

In addition, the attractively lyrical Girl with the Flaxen Hair has been orchestrated for string ensemble and two harps by Colin Matthews.

Takemitsu's contribution to the string orchestra repertoire includes two contrasting film scores inspired by the French Impressionists. Finishing the album is Takemitsu's hauntingly melancholic Nostalghia, with a heartfelt solo violin melody by Jonathan Morton.

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Crescendo
« Scottish Ensemble, qui a été fondé en 1969 et qui est, sans conteste, un des meilleurs orchestres à cordes européens. Sur ce même disque figurent en outre trois œuvres de Toru Takemitsu, dont l'étrange et envoûtante Nostalghia composée en 1987 en mémoire du cinéaste russe Andreï Tarkovski, décédé quelques mois plus tôt à l'âge de cinquante-quatre ans. Ce seul morceau d'une douzaine de minutes, parfaitement exécuté. »


The Strad
'[a] nicely nuanced performance, which [is] helped by the beautifully warm quality of the recording.'
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MusicWeb International
'I rather think Debussy would have smiled on this arrangement of his String Quartet.'
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Hi-Fi News
'Engaging performances all, set in the ambience of Caird Hall, Dundee, with lively channel information.'
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ConcertoNet.com
'Le Scottish Ensemble emporte avec beaucoup de conviction et de ferveur le Quatuor à cordes de Debussy dans l’excellente transcription de Morton...'
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American Record Guide
'...the Scottish Ensemble play Jonathan Morton’s arrangement with pure, shimmering, glassy timbre and minimal vibrato...'
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Gramophone
'Toru Takemitsu's Nostalghia, forms the memorable conclusion to this impressive new disc from the Scottish Ensemble. The more poignant for its restraint, this miniature concerto for violin and strings requires just the kind of subtly polished playing that Jonathan Morton and his team provide.'
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Classical CD Choice
'The pieces arranged by Jonathan Morton (who conducts the Scottish ensemble) are done with such musicality and sensitivity here that only the most unbending of listeners will be able to resist their charm...The Debussy items alone are worth the price of admission.'
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Classic FM
'The reason for getting it though is the opportunity it gives to appreciate some rarely heard music.'
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The Sunday Times
'Interleaving Debussy and Takemitsu can't fail.'
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BBC Radio 3 ‘Record Review’
'...thoughtfully programmed, beautifully recorded.'
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iTunes
'Expansive arrangements of Debussy and Takemitsu with a spirited, imaginative rendering.'


The Guardian
'Nimbleness and rapt eloquence'
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Music for Several Instruments Blog
'Everything is at this very high level of passionate music making. The alternating Debussy and Takemitsu pieces are a kind of multi-cultural dance where each composer illuminates the other. A triumph from Scotland!'
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04 December 2017 to 04 December 2017
Scotland
Caird Hal, City Square Dundee Scotland DD1 3BG United Kingdom
A Winter Chorale: Concerts by Candlelight (with I Fagiolini)

05 December 2017 to 05 December 2017
Scotland
Greyfriars Kirk, 1 Greyfriars Edinburgh Scotland EH1 2QQ United Kingdom
A Winter Chorale: Concerts by Candlelight (with I Fagiolini)

06 December 2017 to 06 December 2017
Scotland
Wellington Church, 77 Southpark Avenue Glasgow Scotland G12 8LE United Kingdom
A Winter Chorale: Concerts by Candlelight (with I Fagiolini)

07 December 2017 to 07 December 2017
Scotland
St Machar’s Cathedral, 18 The Chanonry Aberdeen Scotland AB24 1RQ United Kingdom
A Winter Chorale: Concerts by Candlelight (with I Fagiolini)

08 December 2017 to 08 December 2017
Scotland
Inverness Cathedral, 15 Ardross Street Inverness Scotland IV3 5NS United Kingdom
A Winter Chorale: Concerts by Candlelight (with I Fagiolini)

09 December 2017 to 09 December 2017
Scotland
St John’s Kirk, 31 Saint John's Place Perth Scotland PH1 5SZ United Kingdom
A Winter Chorale: Concerts by Candlelight (with I Fagiolini)

12 January 2018 to 12 January 2018
Scotland
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland -1pm, 100 Renfrew Street Glasgow G2 3DB United Kingdom
RCS Week at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

14 January 2018 to 14 January 2018
Scotland
Perth Concert Hall - 3pm, Mill Street Perth Scotland PH1 5HZ United Kingdom
Perth Piano Sundays Dvorák, Mozart, Tippett

20 February 2018 to 20 February 2018
Scotland
The Queen’s Hall, 85-89 Clerk Street Edinburgh EH8 9JG Scotland United Kingdom
Prophecy (with Christine Rice) Tales from Ancient Greece

21 February 2018 to 21 February 2018
Scotland
Wellington Church, 77 Southpark Avenue Glasgow Scotland G12 8LE United Kingdom
Prophecy (with Christine Rice) Tales from Ancient Greece

23 February 2018 to 23 February 2018
England, London
Kings Place, 90 York Way London N1 9AG United Kingdom
Prophecy (with Christine Rice) Tales from Ancient Greece

13 March 2018 to 13 March 2018
Scotland
Eden Court, Bishops Rd Inverness Scotland IV3 5SA United Kingdom
Court & Country (with Chris Stout & Catriona McKay) refined and rustic rhythms from Bartók to Bach

14 March 2018 to 14 March 2018
Scotland
The Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay Greenock PA15 1EQ United Kingdom
Court & Country (with Chris Stout & Catriona McKay) refined and rustic rhythms from Bartók to Bach

15 March 2018 to 15 March 2018
Scotland
Theatre Royal, Shakespeare Street, Dumfries DG1 2JH Scotland United Kingdom
Court & Country (with Chris Stout & Catriona McKay) refined and rustic rhythms from Bartók to Bach

16 March 2018 to 16 March 2018
Scotland
Caird Hall, City Square Dundee Scotland DD1 3BG United Kingdom
Court & Country (with Chris Stout & Catriona McKay) refined and rustic rhythms from Bartók to Bach

26 April 2018 to 27 April 2018
Europe
John F. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St NW Washington DC DC 20566 United States
Goldberg Variations - ternary patterns for insomnia

24 May 2018 to 24 May 2018
Scotland
Dumfries Residency 2018, Various venues, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland United Kingdom
Four days of participatory events and community performances across Dumfries

25 May 2018 to 25 May 2018
Scotland
Theatre Royal, Shakespeare Street, Dumfries, DG1 2JH Scotland United Kingdom
Mozart By Numbers a portrait of genius, from solo to symphony

29 May 2018 to 29 May 2018
Scotland
Eden Court, Bishops Rd Inverness, Scotland IV3 5SA United Kingdom
Mozart By Numbers a portrait of genius, from solo to symphony

30 May 2018 to 30 May 2018
Scotland
Caird Hall, City Square Dundee, Scotland DD1 3BG United Kingdom
Mozart By Numbers a portrait of genius, from solo to symphony

31 May 2018 to 31 May 2018
Scotland
Royal Concert Halls, 2 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow G2 3NY Scotland, United Kingdom
Mozart By Numbers a portrait of genius, from solo to symphony

01 June 2018 to 01 June 2018
Scotland
The Queen’s Hall, 85-89 Clerk Street Edinburgh, EH8 9JG Scotland United Kingdom
Mozart By Numbers a portrait of genius, from solo to symphony

05 July 2018 to 07 July 2018
England, London
The Barbican Centre, Silk Street London EC2Y 8DS United Kingdom
Goldberg Variations - ternary patterns for insomnia