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Lamond: Symphony In A Major; D'albert / Brabbins, Et Al


Release Date: 04/13/2004 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67387   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Eugène d' AlbertFrederic Lamond
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Eugen d'Albert's overture to Esther is so tame as to be almost comical. Of dramatic tension there's not a shred, nor are its tunes in any way memorable--but the music of his friend and Scottish compatriot Frederic Lamond is something else entirely. Best known in his lifetime as a pianist, his Symphony in A (one of only a handful of pieces that he completed) is lovely. Its four movements last just a touch more than half an hour, and the style is pure Brahms/Dvorák. The slow movement is very pretty, the scherzo (which comes second) is quite characterful, the outer movements never sound stiff, and the orchestration is clean as a whistle.


Both the overture From the Scottish Highlands and the Sword Dance (from
Read more Lamond's only opera, Love in the Scottish Highlands) have all of the distinctive touches that d'Albert's music lacks, while remaining firmly within the same stylistic orbit. As with most everything that they have done for Hyperion, Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra turn in very sympathetic performances, played with vigor, confidence, soul, and in the delightful Sword Dance, bravura. Warm and clear recorded sound offers the final flourish on a release destined to please collectors of well-made late-Romantic marginalia.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

"Loving performances from Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, who put all five works across with a high electric charge. The recorded sound reproduces the orchestral textures with admirable clarity. The booklet note—supplied, as elsewhere in this series, by John Purser—is a model of lightly borne learning. Very warmly recommended."-- Martin Anderson, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Grillparzer Overture, Op. 8 "Esther" by Eugène d' Albert
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2003 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 12 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2.
Symphony in A major by Frederic Lamond
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1885-1893; Scotland 
Date of Recording: 09/2003 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 31 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3.
Sword Dance by Frederic Lamond
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/2003 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4.
From the Scottish Highlands Overture by Frederic Lamond
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1880s; Scotland 
Date of Recording: 09/2003 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 9 Minutes 17 Secs. 

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