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Cyril Scott orchestral works,
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Cyril Scott was born in September 1879 in Oxton near Birkenhead, and died on 31 December 1970. He was a composer, poet and author who had an interest in the occult and health foods. Until recent years, when the excellent Chandos series featuring his symphonies was released, much of his music had fallen into obscurity. Thanks to that cycle, and also the Dutton series featuring his large output of works for piano, he is becoming a bit better known.
There are five works on this disc : "Aubade for Large Orchestra", "Neapolitan Rhapsody", "Suite Fantastique", "Three Dances" and "Two Passacaglias on Irish Themes", performed by the National Symphony Orchestra of the South African Broadcasting Corporation under Peter Marchbank.
My favourites are the two major-length single-movement works, "Aubade" and "Neapolitan Rhapsody" where the composer develops his somewhat unique approach to harmony. The recording stands up reasonably well, and apart from some slips in intonation and the like from the orchestra, this is not a bad release.
Recommended if you want to investigate the work of this composer before tackling his symphonies.
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Initial post: 29 Apr 2016, 12:56:48 BST
Dr. Richard M. Price says:
A good review, and I'm pleased by the special mention of 'Neapolitan Rhapsody', which seems to me Scott's finest short orchestral work. What a shame that it wasn't included in the later, and superior, Chandos recordings! But I wouldn't recommend going on to the symphonies: 1 and 2 are very early and immature, while 3 and 4 are disappointing. Much better are the concertos -- notably the First Piano Concerto and the Violin Concerto. Most of Scott's best work is to be found in his chamber music, and there the best issue to start with is the Naxos recording of the three published violin sonatas.
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