World premiere recordings: recorded at RSNO Centre, Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, 3th - 4th June 2010
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Dutton Epoch’s seven outstanding classical releases for November 2010 include the third volume of its Stanley Bate series. Bate died in his forties in 1959, but, responding to continuing listeners’ requests, Dutton Epoch have already successfully recorded the soaring Viola Concerto and the coruscating wartime Third Symphony. We now reach the powerful Fourth Symphony, dating from the mid-1950s, and possibly the most rewarding Bate discovery thus far. Martin Yates and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra couple it with Martin Yates’ own completion of Richard Arnell’s Seventh Symphony, a heroic and affirmative work celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela. This remarkable programme presents major finds, which all CD collectors will want to explore.
Andante Con Moto E Maestoso
“[The Bate] is a grippingly argued utterance, full of durable invention, compellingly paced...[The Arnell] is a big-hearted statement, often angular and not afraid of embracing dissonance, yet culminating in a disarmingly simple 'big tune' ...In both works the RSNO responds with heaps of spirit and commendable polish for Martin Yates”
“The music is powerful and heartfelt, and it strikes a good balance between the frankly melodic appeal of Arnell's earlier works and more dissonant and fragmented gestures indicative of his absorption of later, more radical techniques...The coupling [Bate] is no less notable...Yates has a strong sense of the architecture of both symphonies and of their complex emotional cross-currents.”