Paul Leonard-Morgan's soundtrack for the BBC series 'A History of Scotland'. The programme presents a broad sweep through Scotland's history, concentrating on its many dramatic, brooding, atmospheric, dark and often violent episodes. The music powers along, even the slower tracks such as 'Aftermath' have the momentum of an Atlantic roller crashing onto the rocks. In the main the music is used to covey the many battles, massacres, defeat and treacherous actions that have defined Scottish history. Much of it has a military band sound such as `The Legend of Wallace'. The music combines orchestra, traditional Scottish instruments with simple piano and percussion. The tracks 'James' Scotland' and my favourite `Lord of the Isles' have particularly haunting piano pieces. 'Polo' has a real majesty to it, you can picture the royalty at play. Like the programme, the music can drift into cliché, such as the pipes in 'Secret Religion' which sound like a lift from the 'Highlander' film. But then listen to `Outcasts' and its intriguing percussive sounds. The tracks may be short, but overall sound means that they flow in and out of each other. The longest track `Together' really does pull everything together. If you can get this as a download or import your CD onto the computer and make the album gapless, so then it becomes one long achingly beautiful symphony. I am now going to pour a glass of malt whisky, and let the music carry me like red deer herding through Glen Coe, Scotland at its best.