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Mackenzie: The Cricket On The Hearth, Etc / Brabbins, Bbc Symphony

Mackenzie / Bbc Scottish Sym Orch / Brabbins
Release Date: 05/08/2012 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55395  
Composer:  Alexander Mackenzie
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MACKENZIE The Cricket on the Hearth: Overture. Twelfth Night. Benedictus. Burns. Coriolanus: 3 Pieces Martyn Brabbins, cond; BBC Scottish SO HELIOS CDH55395 (75:47)


In 1995, when this album first appeared as Hyperion CDA66764, it was enthusiastically reviewed by both David Johnson and Martin Anderson ( Fanfare 18:6). I find myself in the curious position of grudging Read more them all the enthusiasm they expended on this release, as it renders mine superfluous if spent at length. Of course, that won’t stop me completely, so I’ll merely add that the overture to The Cricket on the Hearth is as memorable—by turns witty and sentimental—and expressively accessible as any two dozen other overtures that are regularly featured both in pops concerts and as starters in regular ones, with a few delightful twists of its own. And that the tone poem Twelfth Night is as subtle yet immediately enjoyable as anything else in the Romantic catalog—and with a masterstroke in the form of a fugue to represent Malvolio’s attempts to prove himself sane. And that the Benedictus is as dignified and fine a thing as comparable works by Bizet and Gounod; while Burns is a more craftworthy exploration of several folk songs from his native land than might be found in other, similar works, such as Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy . And finally, there are three fine incidental pieces from Coriolanus , of which the prelude is my favorite, though some will prefer the funeral march for its combination of noble restraint and public grief.


Not much to add, at all.


The performances by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins are both zealous and technically immaculate, giving their considerable all to these sadly unknown works. With excellent sound, it now comes at a low price. How can you refuse? Strongly recommended.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
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Works on This Recording

1. The Cricket on the Hearth, Op. 62: Overture by Alexander Mackenzie
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Scotland 
Date of Recording: 08/1994 
Venue:  City Hall, Candleriggs, Glasgow 
Length: 11 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2. Twelfth Night Overture, Op. 40 by Alexander Mackenzie
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Scotland 
Date of Recording: 08/1994 
Venue:  City Hall, Candleriggs, Glasgow 
Length: 19 Minutes 2 Secs. 
3. Pieces (6) for Violin and Piano, Op. 37: no 3, Benedictus by Alexander Mackenzie
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Scotland 
Date of Recording: 08/1994 
Venue:  City Hall, Candleriggs, Glasgow 
Length: 8 Minutes 48 Secs. 
4. Scottish Rhapsody no 2, Op. 24 by Alexander Mackenzie
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Scotland 
Date of Recording: 08/1994 
Venue:  City Hall, Candleriggs, Glasgow 
Length: 16 Minutes 5 Secs. 
5. Coriolanus, Op. 61 by Alexander Mackenzie
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Scotland 
Date of Recording: 08/1994 
Venue:  City Hall, Candleriggs, Glasgow 
Length: 19 Minutes 48 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

The Cricket on the Hearth: Overture
Coriolanus: II. Marche funèbre. Andante

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