Moonstruck - Songs of FG Scott | Signum SIGCD096

Moonstruck - Songs of FG Scott


In stock - available for despatch within 1 working day

Label: Signum

Cat No: SIGCD096

Barcode: 0635212009628

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 2nd April 2007

Gramophone Editor's Choice



Lisa Milne (soprano)
Roderick Williams (baritone)
Iain Burnside (piano)


Lisa Milne (soprano)
Roderick Williams (baritone)
Iain Burnside (piano)


Track details:
  1. Milkwort and Bog-cotton (Hugh MacDiarmid)
  2. Crowdieknowe (Hugh MacDiarmid)
  3. Moonstruck (Hugh MacDiarmid)
  4. The Eemis Stane (Hugh MacDiarmid)
  5. The Sauchs in the Reuch (Hugh MacDiarmid)
  6. Heuch Hauch (Hugh MacDiarmid)
  7. Ay waukin O (Burns)
  8. Amang the trees (Burns)
  9. The Discreet Hint (Burns)
  10. Florine (Thomas Campbell)
  11. Je descendis dans mon jardin (Amy Sylvel)
  12. Lourd on my hert (Hugh MacDiarmid)
  13. The Watergaw (Hugh MacDiarmid)
  14. Country Life (Hugh MacDiarmid)
  15. Wheesht, wheesht (Hugh MacDiarmid)
  16. O, wha my babie-clouts will buy? (Burns)
  17. My wife's a wanton wee thing (Burns)
  18. The Innumerable Christ (Hugh MacDiarmid)
  19. I wha aince in Heaven's Heicht (Hugh MacDiarmid)
  20. An Apprentice Angel (Hugh MacDiarmid)
  21. Hungry Waters (Hugh MacDiarmid)
  22. The Deil o' Bogie (German, tr Gray)
  23. To a Lady (William Dunbar)
  24. Cupid and Venus (Mark Alexander Boyd)
  25. The Old Fisherman (George Campbell Hay)
  26. Im Tiroler Wirtshaus (Georg Britting)
  27. In Time of Tumult (Soutar)
  28. The Man in the Moon (Hugh MacDiarmid)
  29. First Love (Hugh MacDiarmid)
  30. Empty Vessel (Hugh MacDiarmid)
  31. The Wren's Nest (Burns)
  32. Love of Alba (Maurice Lindsay)
  33. The Wee Man (Willa Muir)
"I get it," Roddy Williams burst out, "he's the Scottish Charles Ives!". "Not at all," I came back at him, "he's Scotland's Hugo Wolf. Or perhaps Scotland's Gerald Finzi." …halfway through the next song I saw Roddy's point. Like Ives, Scott uses his songs as a sort of chemistry lab, the crucible for wild experiments in musical language, decades ahead of his time. Like Wolf, his work falls naturally into songbooks - musically defined collections setting different poets. Like Finzi, Scott will be remembered above all for his closeness to a single poet. Where Finzi had Thomas Hardy, Scott has Hugh
MacDiarmid; the vital difference is that Finzi was not Hardy's English teacher.

The settings Scott made of MacDiarmid poems in the 1920s and early 1930s are the heart of his work. Their poetic range is extraordinary: the condensed madness in Moonstruck, the tenderness of Milkwort and Bog-cotton; self-mocking, grumpy Scottish agitprop in Lourd on my hert, heart-wrenching simplicity in Empty Vessel. It is in these MacDiarmid settings that Scott is at his most radical. Such harmonic daring, from a contemporary of Roger Quilter! A contemporary, but by no means a compatriot. Nothing in these MacDiarmid songs, musical or verbal, links them to musical life south of Hadrian's Wall. Scott's points of reference are European: a nod to Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire in Moonstruck, a wink to Bartok in Country Life, with all its farmyard high jinks.

Elsewhere, resonances of a French sound world appear. How tantalising, that Scott was offered a period of study in Paris; how sad that the hard choices of family life should have held him back. While Scott's musical vocabulary for Burns is more conventional, he remains true to his poet. Never is there a whiff of sentimentality, never a glimpse of the shortbread tin. At a time when Scotland is drawing new strength from its place within Europe, let us celebrate this most European of Scottish composers.
                                                                                                                                                    - Iain Burnside

Error on this page? Let us know here

Need more information on this product? Click here