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The Shadow Side - Contemporary Songs From Scotland / Drummond, Burnside

Lieder / Drummond / Burnside
Release Date: 10/11/2011 
Label:  Delphian   Catalog #: 34099   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  James MacMillanEdward McGuireJohn McLeodJohn Maxwell Geddes,   ... 
Performer:  Iain BurnsideIrene Drummond
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As Jane Manning has been to London’s new music, so more recently Irene Drummond to Scotland’s, her bright timbre and agile vocal movement the inspiration for many composers. This collection is of songs Drummond has commissioned, premiered or championed. All composed in the last 30 years, the newest and the oldest are among the highlights. Lewis Forbes, born in 1987, sets MacDiarmid in eloquent tonal style, his phrases following the rhythms of the words and the piano adding unexpected doublings and counterpoints which prepare the way for more surprises in his Burns setting. James MacMillan’s Three Soutar Settings, in contrast, are the best known pieces here and their deeply rooted melodies and spare accompaniments make the usual breathtaking Read more impact.

Elsewhere the range is great, the subject most often love, the mood often withdrawn: Edward McGuire’s spiky, touching cycle The Web, and Paul Mealor’s long melodies surrounded by quietly ecstatic chords, are poles apart. Upping the energy levels, Judith Bingham conflates Joy Finzi and RD Blackmore into a compact sung tone poem, and John McLeod cries out for freedom and justice with poetry from prison by Irina Ratushinskaya. Iain Burnside shares the credit for performances of total focus.

-- Robert Maycock, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Souter Settings (3), for voice & piano by James MacMillan
Performer:  Iain Burnside (Piano), Irene Drummond ()
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Crear, Argyll, Scotland 
Length: 14 Minutes 34 Secs. 
2.
The Web, love songs (5), for voice & piano by Edward McGuire
Performer:  Iain Burnside (Piano), Irene Drummond ()
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Crear, Argyll, Scotland 
Length: 13 Minutes 43 Secs. 
3.
Poems (3) of Irina Ratushinskaya, for voice & piano by John McLeod
Performer:  Irene Drummond (), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Crear, Argyll, Scotland 
Length: 8 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4.
Songs (2) from Lasses, Love & Life, for voice & piano by John Maxwell Geddes
Performer:  Iain Burnside (Piano), Irene Drummond ()
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Crear, Argyll, Scotland 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
5.
The Shadow Side of Joy Finzi, for voice & piano by Judith Bingham
Performer:  Irene Drummond (), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Crear, Argyll, Scotland 
Length: 7 Minutes 23 Secs. 
6.
Songs (2) from Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, for voice & piano by Lewis Forbes
Performer:  Iain Burnside (Piano), Irene Drummond ()
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Crear, Argyll, Scotland 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
7.
Between Eternity and Time, for voice & piano by Paul Mealor
Performer:  Iain Burnside (Piano), Irene Drummond ()
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Crear, Argyll, Scotland 
Length: 9 Minutes 37 Secs. 
8.
A Red, Red Rose, for voice & piano by Roderick Williams
Performer:  Iain Burnside (Piano), Irene Drummond ()
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Crear, Argyll, Scotland 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 

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