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Bernard Herrmann: Psycho (Complete Music for Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspense Thriller)

Bernard Herrmann: Psycho (Complete Music for Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspense Thriller)

Bernard Herrmann: Psycho (Complete Music for Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspense Thriller)National Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann (conductor)

UKCD 2021 – 053068202121

In 1975, Bernard Herrmann took to the studio to record the complete score he wrote for the Hitchcock film, Psycho. This particular recording is unique for being composer-conducted and in addition, features material which is omitted from the more commonly recorded Psycho Suite. Over the years, it has been one of the bestselling Unicorn titles.

Track Listing

Prelude;
The City;
Marion;
Marion And Sam;
Temptation;
Flight;
The Patrol Car;
The Car Lot;
The Package;
The Rainstorm;
Hotel Room;
The Window;
The Parlour;
The Madhouse;
The Peephole;
The Bathroom;
The Murder;
The Body;
The Office;
The Curtain;
The Water;
The Car;
The Swamp;
The Search;
The Shadow;
Phone Booth;
The Porch;
The Stairs;
The Knife;
The Search;
The First Floor;
Cabin 10;
Cabin 1;
The Hill;
The Bedroom;
The Toys;
The Cellar;
Discovery;
Finale

Peter Maxwell Davies: Strathclyde Concertos 1 & 2

Peter Maxwell Davies: Strathclyde Concertos 1 & 2

Peter Maxwell Davies: Strathclyde Concertos 1 & 2Robin Miller (oboe), William Conway (cello), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Peter Maxwell Davies

DKPCD 9085 – 0053068908528

The world premiere recordings, with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and soloists, of the first two of Max’s ‘Brandenburg’s’ (the Strathcylde Concertos) receive a re-release after many year’s absence from the catalogue.

‘I am already haunted by music from both works: the darkly beautiful duet for the soloist and bass clarinet at the end of the Cello Concerto’s slow movement, the wonderfully ingenious summarizing coda of the Oboe Concerto, the gravity and eloquence of much of that work’s slow movement… In performance as beautiful and as polished as these the task of searching out their secrets should not be an onerous one.’ Gramophone

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Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Sinfonia Concertante & Sinfonia

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Sinfonia Concertante & Sinfonia

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Sinfonia Concertante & SinfoniaScottish Chamber Orchestra, Peter Maxwell Davies (conductor)

UKCD 2026 – 5053068202626

Classic composer-conducted performances of Max’s 1962 Sinfonia (which takes the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 as its inspirational starting point) and the Sinfonia Concertante which is a much more extrovert piece for strings, wind quintet and timpani.

‘beautifully played by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra… virtuoso playing from the Scottish principals… Well-balanced recording’ Penguin Guide, November 2016

Track Listing
1-3 Sinfonia Concertante
4-7 Sinfonia
SCO

Peter Maxwell Davies: Into the Labyrinth; Sinfonietta Academica

Peter Maxwell Davies: Into the Labyrinth; Sinfonietta Accademica

Peter Maxwell Davies: Into the Labyrinth; Sinfonietta AccademicaScottish Chamber Orchestra, Peter Maxwell Davies (conductor), Neil Mackie (tenor)

UKCD 2022 – 0053068202220

Into the Labyrinth is a cantata for tenor and chamber orchestra, with words from ‘The Well’ by George Mackay Brown, and the centre-piece of a chamber orchestra trilogy (the other works being Sinfonia Concertante and Sinfonietta Accademica). This Unicorn reissue is the only recording currently available. The symphonic song-cycle in five continuous movements ponders the influence of modern times on ancient ways of life.

‘The fine Scottish tenor, Neil Mackie, gives a superb performance, confirming this as one of Maxwell Davies’s most beautiful and moving inspirations… Strong intense performances under the composer, helped by a first-rate recording.’ Penguin Guide to Compact Discs

Track Listing

1-4 Into the Labyrinth
Neil Mackie/ SCO
5-7 Sinfonietta Accademica
SCO

Mahler Symphony No.6

Mahler: Symphony No.6

Mahler Symphony No.6Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Jascha Horenstein (conductor)

UKCD 2024/5 – 053068202428

2 CDs

Mahler specialist, Jascha Horenstein, conducts the sixth symphony – an acclaimed 1966 performance with the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

‘It is a sober reading that holds together with wonderful concentration’ Penguin Guide to Compact Discs

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Bernard Hermann: Symphony; The Fantasticks

Bernard Herrmann: Symphony; The Fantasticks

Bernard Herrmann: Symphony; The FantasticksNational Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann (conductor), Michael Rippon, Meriel Dickinson, John Amis, Gillian Humphreys, Thames Chamber Choir.

UKCD 2063 – 053068206327

Herrmann’s 1941 symphony in a 1974 recording conducted by the composer coupled with the song cycle The Fantasticks. The symphony displays influences of Walton, Vaughan Williams and Stravinsky within a Sibelian framework producing, in effect, a musical self-portrait. The song cycle, virtually a cantata, sets words by the Elizabethan Nicolas Breton and is deeply felt displaying more of the composer’s familiar personality.

‘Herrmann and the National PO bring a greater epic feel to bear (Symphony) ……. Based on texts by the Elizabethan poet Nicolas Breton, these (The Fantasticks) are five most evocative, consistently imaginative settings, given here with disarming commitment.’ Gramophone

‘Admirable performances and very good recording (Symphony)… the soloists are excellent and the orchestral playing quite lovely. Most rewarding when the sound is so atmospheric (The Fantasticks).’ Penguin Guide

Track Listing

1-4 Symphony

5-9 The Fantasticks

 

65.08

Bennett

William Sterndale Bennett: Piano Concerto No. 4; Fantasia in A Op. 16; Symphony in G Minor

William Sterndale BennettMilton Keynes Chamber Orchestra, Hilary Davan Wetton (conductor), Malcolm Binns (piano)

DKPCD 2032 – 053068203227

For Sterndale Bennett’s bi-centenary year, Unicorn presents a re-release of three of the composer’s most important works, expertly played by Davan Wetton’s Milton Keynes forces and piano soloist, Malcolm Binns.

‘The sound is first class, with a particularly seductive quality of piano tone. Here is an enterprising and well-produced debut record from Milton Keynes.’ Gramophone

‘Both performances are uncommonly good ones. Malcolm Binns is a persuasive advocate… Wetton paces both works admirably and clearly has sympathy for them… excellent sound and a good balance.’ Penguin Guide

Track Listing

1-3 Piano Concerto No. 4 in F Minor

4-7 Fantasia in A Op. 16

8-11 Symphony in G Minor

 

72.16

William Crotch: Symphonies in F and E Flat; Organ Concerto No. 2; Overture in G

William Crotch: Symphonies in F and E Flat; Organ Concerto No. 2; Overture in G

William Crotch:  Symphonies in F and E Flat; Organ Concerto No. 2; Overture in GMilton Keynes Chamber Orchestra
Hilary Davan Wetton (conductor)

DKPCD 9091 – 053068909129

Crotch’s orchestral works receive committed performances by Davan Wetton’s forces.

‘The very capable orchestra from Milton Keynes, under Hilary Davan Wetton’s eager and enthusiastic direction, gives a sympathetic account of the music, with some good, clean direct playing and well-chosen tempos.’ Gramophone
Track Listing
1-4. SYMPHONY in F major (1814)
5-7. ORGAN CONCERTO No. 2 in A major (c. 1805)
8. OVERTURE in G major (1815)
9-10. SYMPHONY in E flat major (1817) unfinished

Total duration: 61:12

Cipriani Potter: Symphonies 8 & 10

Cipriani Potter: Symphonies 8 & 10

Cipriani Potter: Symphonies 8 & 10Milton Keynes Chamber Orchestra
Hilary Davan Wetton (conductor)

DKPCD 9091 – 053068909129

An English contemporary of Beethoven, Potter composed a number of symphonies. His two best examples are presented here and are the only available recordings of these works in today’s market.

‘[Potter’s music] is very attractive and rewarding and the playing of the Milton Keynes Chamber Orchestra….. is admirable – they respond splendidly to the rhythmic vitality and the sharp ear for colour… shown by the conductor.’ Gramophone
Track Listing
1-4. SYMPHONY No 8 IN E FLAT
5-8. SYMPHONY No 10 IN G MINOR

Total duration: 63:09

Samuel Wesley: Symphonies 3, 4, 5 & 6

Samuel Wesley: Symphonies 3, 4, 5 & 6

Samuel Wesley: Symphonies 3, 4, 5 & 6Milton Keynes Chamber Orchestra
Hilary Davan Wetton (conductor)

DKPCD 9098 – 053068909822

Wesley’s symphonies receive committed performances by Davan Wetton’s forces.

‘The performances by the Milton Keynes Chamber Orchestra are first rate: polished, poised, vital of rhythm and fully alive to the unusual warmth of Wesley’s lines and textures… The recording is exemplary in its clarity and spaciousness.’ Gramophone
Track Listing
1-3. Symphony No. 3 in A
4-6. Symphony No. 4 in D
7-9. Symphony No. 5 in E flat
10-13. Symphony No. 6 in B flat

Total duration: 63:50