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Cyril Scott from Dutton


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« on: November 21, 2012, 08:13:21 pm »

I am reliably informed that Martin Yates is just about to record for Dutton two very early concertos by Scott (for piano and cello respectively) found in the Grainger museum archive, together with the Princess Maleine overture. The orchestra is the BBC Symphony. I know no more.
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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2012, 09:55:17 pm »

Cyril Scott did indeed write two Cello Concertos. The concerto of 1937 was recorded by Chandos but there is an earlier concerto, opus 19 (although Scott's opus numbers seem to make as little sense as those of Joseph Holbrooke Roll Eyes which was composed around 1902 and is, therefore, the concerto being referred to. Its existence was known about and indeed the full ms. score in certainly in the Grainger Library.

The Piano Concerto which, obviously, predates the previously numbered Piano Concerto No.1 of 1913-14(recorded by both Lyrita and Chandos) appears to be a work from around 1900 and has the opus number 10 (the same opus number as the Christmas Overture of around the same date) but was left unfinished. I am therefore guessing that this may be another case of Martin Yates or somebody else having completed the score.

I cannot claim to be a particular fan of Cyril Scott's music so the idea of resurrecting some of his early music does not fill with excitement but the recording will certainly add to the overall picture of Scott as a composer.
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2012, 09:57:19 pm »

This is fantastic news Smiley! Thanks for the heads-up, Grandenorm. Scott is definitely an individual voice in English music and it should be interesting to hear how his style developed by being able to hear his earlier works. Dutton is really on a roll at present Grin!
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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2012, 08:05:12 am »

I am reliably informed that Martin Yates is just about to record for Dutton two very early concertos by Scott (for piano and cello respectively) found in the Grainger museum archive, together with the Princess Maleine overture. The orchestra is the BBC Symphony. I know no more.

Thanks, Gareth - this is excellent news. Scott's Symphony No.1 and what remains of No.2 (i.e. Three Symphonic Dances) show that by the turn of the century he was producing attractive and confident large-scale works, albeit without the individual harmonic style which he was subsequently to develop and exploit.

I'm particularly interested in hearing the Princess Maleine overture, which is the original 1902 version of the much-revised Festival Overture (1929) recorded on Chandos CHAN 10407. Other early orchestral works which are still extant include a Lyric Suite (1900) and an overture to Pelléas et Mélisande (1900) - as with Havergal Brian, it's remarkable to think that Scott survived into the 1970s (just).

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