Eddie McGuire: Entangled Fortunes

Red Note Ensemble

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Eddie McGuire is one of Scotland’s greatest living composers. A renaissance man, his compositional voice is informed by a broad wealth of cultural experience and by an unlimited melodic creativity. In this intensely beautiful and unpretentious music, folk-like tunes appear naturally, taking their place in a world of invention large enough to contain minimalist gestures, intense romanticism, meditative silence and sudden drama. In the second of two discs programmed to initiate their new recording partnership with Delphian, Red Note Ensemble bring passion and care to this music – a token of the regard in which McGuire is held by Scottish musicians of all generations.

‘[Eddie McGuire is] a composer of immense sincerity, supreme craftsmanship and creative integrity. Red Note’s warm and sensitive performances are an equal match’
— The Scotsman, June 2015

‘Heartfelt and unambiguous, often straight-up tuneful, the music of Glaswegian composer, folk scholar and socialist Eddie McGuire hasn’t always had the attention it deserves — which makes this survey of chamber works doubly lovely. McGuire’s language takes in minimalism and Romanticism, tango and Gaelic psalms, fiddle tunes and modernism, but the final mix is unfussy and organic’
— The Guardian, July 2015

‘Refreshingly and compellingly, the Scottish composer’s music disdains allegiance or aversion to any “ism”‘
— Sunday Times, July 2015

‘A beguiling, lyrical grace weaves through much of this Scottish composer’s chamber music, and these performances well capture its questing expressiveness’
— Gramophone Magazine, August 2015, EDITOR’S CHOICE

  • Recording venue(s): St Mary’s Church, Whitekirk, East Lothian
  • Recording dates: 24-26 November 2014
  • Physical format: Jewel case
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Number of tracks: 5
  • Total playing time: 1:07:31

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