Derek Scott, born in Birmingham in 1950, has an international reputation as an historian of the British music hall and other forms of light entertainment. But he is an outstanding composer in his own right, his music treading a fine line between a very English whimsy and a profoundly felt and natural response to his (often Celtic) subject matter. These works reveal a master craftsman and natural tunesmith, who manages to unite good humour, unerring technique and deep feeling in music of immediate appeal. His two symphonies – originally written for brass band – embody a return to the formal, Classical clarity of Haydn, though expressed with the satisfyingly beefy textures of the modern orchestra. He lists among his influences Shostakovich and Sibelius and, less predictably, The Beatles and The Kinks.
Liepāja Symphony Orchestra
Paul Mann, conductor
Symphony No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 23 (1995; orch. 2021)
Symphony No. 2 in G minor, Op. 26 (1996–97; orch. 2021)
The Silver Sword: Tone-Poem, Op. 39 (2021)
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Catalogue No: TOCC0646EAN/UPC: 5060113446466Release Date: 01.07.2022Composer: Derek B. Scott Artists: Liepaja Symphony Orchestra,
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