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Erik Chisholm is not a well-known name but is one of the most important British composers of recent years, with a very large output of music in several genres. Much of his music is based on Scottish tunes, such as the Piobaireachd (bagpipe airs) which appear throughout his piano works. The acclaimed pianist Murray McLachlan has recorded the majority of his solo piano output for a total of 7 CDs.
Volume 1 was formerly available on limited release as Dunelm DRD0222.

Check out the whole series: volume 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
To buy all seven volumes at a special low price find product no. MW6

playing time: 77.24  
direct sale price:  £8.50
audio  sample: Scottish Airs for Children - no. 6  
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Straloch Suite
23 Scottish Airs for Children
Sonata in A (An Riobain Dearg)

review extracts: for full reviews click here

“We have much to learn about Chisholm and can be thankful that Dunelm [now Diverisons] have paid him some attention. There are three works on this generously packed CD. The... Straloch Suite is often gracious... touchingly done. [The] Sonata is deeply impressive, clangorous with skirling majesty, abjuring tartan nonsense and staying in touch with the expressive autochthonous roots of the highland culture - dangerous, harsh-edged and sheerly beautiful.” – Rob Barnett (MusicWeb)

“I can hardly imagine anyone wanting just a single volume of this collection of piano music; this is possibly one of the most important single contributions to British piano music alongside that of Bax, Ireland, Sorabji, Hoddinott and Cyril Scott.. [The Sonata] is an undoubted masterpiece. Murray McLachlan has made an important contribution to the literature of British piano music. Moreover, McLachlan has been well served by the fine recording.. the learned programme notes are a joy to read. I look forward to hearing the subsequent Cds in this eye-opening cycle with great anticipation and enthusiasm. It is one of the musical discoveries and revelations of the twenty-first century. John France (MusicWeb) joint review of volumes 1-4)
“These four CDs... already provide evidence of one of the most important oeuvres for the instrument of any British composer. McLachlan's achievement in presenting this huge and hugely neglected body of piano music deserves enormous praise” – Martin Anderson (International Piano – joint review of vols 1-4)
“McLachlan is supremely sensitive...just as he is unafraid. This is a superb series of discs that will either individually or collectively act as a splendid introduction to Chisholm's intriguing music.” – Colin Clarke (Fanfare – joint review of vols 1-4) y

“Newcomers to Chisholm's piano music will invariably find it profoundly musical characteristics first, it is supremely well written for the keyboard, by a composer who we know was a keyboard virtuoso himself- there is nothing ‘unpianistic' in his writing. There is deeply creative musical intelligence at work here. The Sonata is an astoundingly original piano composition: on this CD we encounter three very different works, yet which are equally clearly the product of the same impressive mind.” – Robert Matthew-Walker (International Record Review)