CYRIL SCOTT (1879-1970): Volume 4 - Symphony No. 1 in G, Cello Concerto.
Catalogue Number: 03J001
Description: World premiere recordings of two more wonderful works by this composer. Scott consigned his 1899 symphony to oblivion after a few performances but it is a gorgeous work of a vernal, sunny and warm disposition throughout its four movements. Scott studied in Frankfurt but there is nothing Teutonic about this serenade-like symphony - even the final movement variations-and-fugue is almost divertimento-like in its lightness and clarity. The cello concerto dates from 1937 and may have been written for Beatrice Harrison. It was never performed until this recording. Full of orchestral color - washes of harp arpeggios here, faery-sounds of the celesta there, moments of Impressionistic quality but always clear and luminous scoring - its three movements breeze by in magical fashion and the work has one of the oddest endings you'll ever hear. Paul Watkins (cello), BBC Philharmonic; Martyn Brabbins.