Hail Caledonia: Scotland in Music

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SOMM Recordings is delighted to release Hail Caledonia – Scotland in
Music, a musical salute to their homeland by conductor Iain Sutherland
and the City of Glasgow Philharmonic Orchestra.
Recorded live in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall in 1995-96 and newly remastered,
these vivacious performances also feature the City of Glasgow
Pipe Band, City of Glasgow Chorus, and bagpipers David Wotherspoon
and Iain McDonald. Sutherland provides brilliant orchestral arrangements
of The Black Bear Salute, reputedly the British army’s fastest regimental
march, and the timeless Amazing Grace, together with his own colourful
Three Scottish Castles Suite.
Roy Williamson’s anthemic Flower of Scotland is heard alongside Robert
Docker’s Abbey’s Craig, better known as Scots Wha Hae, and Granville
Bantock’s luscious treatment of a traditional Scottish waulking song,
Kishmul’s Galley. Also featured is Mendelssohn’s lively Scherzo, fuelled by a
traditional ‘Scotch snap’, from his Scottish Symphony and Malcolm Arnold’s
wonderfully realised Four Scottish Dances.
Music by Granville Bantock, Eric Coates, Ernest Tomlinson and Alexander
McKenzie is heard alongside the theme tunes to two hugely popular
Scottish television dramas, Hamish McCunn’s Land of the Mountain and the
Flood, theme to Sutherland’s Law, and Arthur Blake’s Take the High Road.
And to end, the infectious Devil’s Finale/Reel o’ Tulloch from Ian Whyte’s
ballet score Donald of the Burthens.
The result is a glorious musical celebration of the Saltire and the tartan,
with informative booklet notes by Robert Matthew-Walker.
Iain Sutherland’s previous SOMM releases include two volumes of Great
Classic Film Music, the first a Classic FM Album of the Week (Ariadne
5006/5009), Musical Opinion’s “fully recommended” Leonard Bernstein:
Broadway to Hollywood (Ariadne 5002), the enthusiastically received
Favourite Orchestral Classics (Ariadne 5012) and In London Town (SOMMCD
0117), which MusicWeb International hailed for its “sparkling performances
of some of the cream of light music”.
Item number ARIADNE 5014
Barcode 748871501423
Release date 07/01/2022
Label SOMM Recordings
Media type CD
Number of units 1
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