Derek Scott, born in Birmingham in 1950, has an international reputation as a leading 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 subject matter. These six song-cycles – with influences ranging from Vaughan Williams to The Beatles – reveal a master craftsman and natural tunesmith, who manages to unite good humour, unerring technique and deep feeling in music of immediate appeal, setting texts by poets who include Burns, Hardy, Shakespeare, Swift, Wordsworth, Yeats and the composer himself.
James Atkinson, baritone
Lynn Arnold, piano (Tracks 1-8, 14-26)
John Mills and Jeremy Isaac, violins
Lydia Lowndes-Northcott, viola
Božidar Vukotić, cello
Three Shakespeare Sonnets, Op. 5 (1974)
Five Songs from The Rose, Op. 14 (1982)
Three Love Songs, Op. 19 (1986)
Four Songs from The Wind among the Reeds, Op. 22 (1993)
Past and Present, Op. 33 (2017)
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Catalogue No: TOCC0619EAN/UPC: 5060113446190Release Date: 03.12.2021Composer: Derek B. Scott Artists: James Atkinson,
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