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'Homecoming'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Homecoming'

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'Homecoming'

'A Scottish Fantasy'

Bruch Scottish Fantasy, Op 46 (a) Burns Ae fond kiss (a). Auld lang syne (a). Loch Lomond (a). My love is like a red, red rose (a) Cunningham Aberlady (b). The gentle light that wakes me (b) Skinner The Dean Brig o' Edinburgh (b). Hurricane Set (b) Traditional Coisich a Ruin (Walk my beloved)b. Mouth Music and Tunes Set (b)

Nicola Benedetti (a) vn/(b) fiddle (b) Julie Fowlis voc (a) Michael Goldrick fl (b) Aly Bain, (b) Duncan Chisholm fiddles (b) Ewen Vernal db (b) Eamon Doorley bouzouki (b) Tony Byrne gtr (b) Phil Cunningham acco (b) James Macintosh perc (a) BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Rory MacDonald Decca [F] 478 6690DH (76' * DDD)

Nothing becomes Bruch's Scottish Fantasy more than those opening chords on sombre wind band that seem to echo the twilight world of doomed romance in the historical novels of Sir Walter Scott. Twice repeated, they introduce the soloist, Nicola Benedetti, her violin creeping in surreptitiously before opening up with an expressive response. You sense the music in her Scottish blood but credit to Bruch too, who had never set a foot in Scotland when he conducted the premiere of his Scottish Fantasy in Liverpool in 1881. …

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