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Mackenzie: Violin Concerto/ Pibroch CD


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  • Conductor: n/a
  • Composer: Mackenzie
  • Audio CD (1 Jun. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: HYPERION HELIOS
  • ASIN: B0025YZ80Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,966 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I. Allegro Non Troppo
2. II. Largo
3. III. Finale: Allegro Vivace
4. I. Rhapsody. Lento
5. II. Caprice. Theme. Allegretto - Variations I-IX - Coda
6. Dance. Allegro Vivace - Lento - Presto

Product Description

Malcolm Stewart, violon - Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Vernon Handley & David Davies, directions

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Sept. 2009
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I agree with Mr. Bird - and thanks to him for telling me who Malcolm Stewart is, which is more than the CD leaflet (very good in other respects) does! Alexander Mackenzie, an enlightened Principal of the Royal Academy of Music from 1888 to 1924 and admired by Elgar among others, is unjustly neglected nowadays, but Hyperion have put us in their debt by issuing this CD of two substantial, thoroughly attractive and well-written pieces. Mackenzie was an excellent craftsman with a talent for melody (though he sometimes uses old Scots tunes as the basis of his composition, as Bruch did in the Scottish Fantasia). These are not neglected masterpieces exactly, but they do deserve to be heard and they give great pleasure. Malcolm Stewart plays with flair and brio, and very accurately, though some of the most taxing passages in the Pibroch Suite (which is very virtuosic in places) push him close to his limit, though not over it - but it is all well done. Recording is excellent and orchestral support likewise. It is worth exploring Hyperion's two other issues of Mackenzie - various orchestral pieces on CDA66764 and, especially, the Piano Concerto (which he called 'Scottish Concerto') on CDA67023 - now, that is a masterpiece!
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Getting to know this disc of concertante works by Alexander Mackenzie has been as much a pleasure and, indeed, a revelation as had been discovering Hyperion's companion recording of various overtures and other orchestral pieces*. I can only echo the sentiments expressed by my fellow reviewers: these are two beautifully crafted and richly melodic compositions whose absence in our concert halls leaves us much the poorer.

The concerto dates from the mid-1880s and is stylistically pretty much of its time, if leaning a little towards the conservative end of the artistic spectrum. It is a predominantly lyrical work for the main part and even the opening 'Allegro non troppo' eschews high drama, though the C sharp minor key signature does inspire impassioned disquiet to set against Mackenzie's more warm-hearted, consolatory writing; it's quite an individual movement and leads without break into an affecting but noble 'Largo'. A spirited and catchy finale in the style of a krakowiak rounds things off perfectly, the lively dance rhythms being contrasted with passages of heartfelt lyrical effulgence. It was the composer's hope that Joachim would perform the premiere but the violinist, after some delay, didn't take the work up; recent recordings of concertos by Herzogenberg and Reinecke** that suffered similar fates have suggested that the great virtuoso's judgement was by no means infallible and so it proves again here. The liner notes posit the idea that Mackenzie's concerto didn't have the intellectual rigour demanded by Joachim but the work strikes me as beautifully crafted and its handling of form exemplary - and by no means conventional either, with the introduction of a cadenza after the initial exposition in the first movement.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. J. Bird on 20 July 2009
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Malcolm Stewart is currently the leader and stalwart of the very excellent ONCT in Toulouse which is the most accomplished provincal orchestra in France.Check out their cds with conductors Michel Plasson & the brilliant Tugan Sokhiev.The 'Pictures' recording is as good as it gets.
The Mackenzie is a forgotten masterpiece with the delightful Pibroch Suite a welcome bonus.This IS scottish music tenderly played by an excellent violinist.Listen to it and enjoy,thank you Hyperion. Forget the 'Mohicans'! what do they have to do with anything ?
A great addition to any cd collection especially if you appreciate great violin music - just buy it and see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. F. Sutherland on 16 Dec. 2011
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Sir Alexander Campbell Mackenzie seems to have gone out of fashion and I wonder why this happened as his music is wonderful.I can't make up my mind whether I prefer the Violin Concerto or the Pibroch Suite - there is no Side B to his music. I hope he comes back into fashion and we hear more of his music played live by our orchestras and our soloists. Mackenzie: Violin Concerto/ Pibroch
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0 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jccross on 27 Jun. 2009
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dissapointed although it would be a big ask to create something better than last of the mohicans.
good in places but not something i would listen to on a regular basis
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