Olympia OCD 639
Murray McLachlan (piano).
Includes Erik Chisholm, Third Sonatina on Four Ricercars - Cameos - Scottish Airs - Sonatine Ecossaise - Night Song of the Bards
Listen to Music Clip: Scottish Air
The major work here is undoubtedly the final Six Nocturnes (1944-51) - conceived as an entity and imaginatively entitled ‘Night Song of the Bards’, with each ‘episode’ forming into a kind of mystical and abbreviated 1001 Nights - tales of high drama, the opening movement recalling the demonic Bax of the 2nd Piano Sonata, and contrasting with delicate filigree passages in the third. The whole set is an impressionist multi-movement tone poem of dark cumulative power that fades into the mists of the final Epilogue. - Colin Scott-Sutherland
Listen to Music Clip: 'Night Song of the Bards'