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Debussy: String Quartet - Takemitsu: Nostalghia / Scottish Ensemble


Release Date: 06/10/2016 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 512   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Claude DebussyToru Takemitsu
Performer:  Ben NorrisSharron GriffithsAlastair SavageLaura Comini,   ... 
Conductor:  Jonathan Morton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Scottish Ensemble’s new release fuses together French and Japanese influences. Featuring works by Debussy and Takemitsu, instrumental color and textures are explored through these works. Scottish Ensemble is the UK’s only professional string orchestra. They are built around a core twelve members, and are known throughout the United Kingdom for their virtuosic and ambitious programming. ”…a scintillation of ace soloists who combine bracing energy, flexibility and precision, breathing and moving as one.” (The Observer) Scottish Ensemble’s new release fuses together French and Japanese influences. Featuring works by Debussy and Takemitsu, instrumental color and textures are explored through these works. Scottish Ensemble is the UK’s only professional string orchestra. They are built around a core twelve members, and are known throughout the United Kingdom for their virtuosic and ambitious programming. ”…a scintillation of ace soloists who combine bracing energy, flexibility and precision, breathing and moving as one.” (The Observer) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10 by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Jonathan Morton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893; France 
Venue:  Caird Hall, Dundee, UK 
Length: 25 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
Black Rain: Three Film Scores for string orchestra - II. Funeral Music by Toru Takemitsu
Conductor:  Jonathan Morton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Written: 1989 
Venue:  Caird Hall, Dundee, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3.
Préludes, Book 1: no 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Ben Norris (Violin), Sharron Griffiths (Harp), Alastair Savage (Violin),
Laura Comini (Violin), Emily Nenniger (Violin), Amira Bedrush-McDonald (Violin)
Conductor:  Jonathan Morton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
Venue:  Caird Hall, Dundee, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
4.
José Torres: Three Film Scores for string orchestra - I. Music of Training and Rest by Toru Takemitsu
Conductor:  Jonathan Morton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Caird Hall, Dundee, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
5.
Children's Corner: no 2, Jimbo's Lullaby by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Jonathan Morton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
Venue:  Caird Hall, Dundee, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
6.
Nostalgia "In Memory of Andrei Tarkovsky" by Toru Takemitsu
Performer:  Ben Norris (Violin), Emily Nenniger (Violin), Amira Bedrush-McDonald (Violin),
Alastair Savage (Violin), Rakhvinder Singh (Violin), Jonathan Morton (Violin),
Laura Comini (Violin)
Conductor:  Jonathan Morton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; Japan 
Venue:  Caird Hall, Dundee, UK 
Length: 11 Minutes 23 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A multicultural dance June 24, 2016 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "Adapting a string quartet for string orchestra is analogous to "opening up" a play to make a film. When it's done well both the adapters and the actors can take a lot of credit. Think of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. The success of the film is due in equal measure to a great screenplay by Ernest Lehman, great direction by Mike Nichols, and amazing acting by an ensemble of movie stars. We have a similar situation in this fine new disc from Linn Records: one of the great String Quartets, by Debussy, is adapted by Jonathan Morton, and then Morton leads the fine string players of the Scottish Ensemble in a superb performance. Two things are key here: firstly Morton loses none of Debussy's instrumental colour by homogenizing the string lines, and secondly the players are beautifully in sync with each other while still giving that "opened up" feeling. This is a successful adaptation that rewards repeated listening with new insights into the beauty of Debussy's composition and the sound of violins, violas, cellos and basses playing together. Speaking of film, one of my favourite works for string orchestra is Toru Takemitsu's 1987 work Nostalghia (In Memory of Andrei Tarkovsky). Though Takemitsu wrote a great deal of film score music (including two additional works on this disc), this piece is not from the great film, though it wouldn't be out of place there. Tarkovsky rather used music from works such as Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Verdi's Requiem. It's an amazing film, and Takemitsu's work is a heart-felt hommage. As to the rest of this album, 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!" Report Abuse
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