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ERIK CHISHOLM - MUSIC FOR PIANO, volume 6
MURRAY McLACHLAN

Continuing the amazingly high standards of compositional brilliance and virtuoso performance which led MusicWeb to call the first volumes of this series 'one of the musical discoveries and revelations of the 21st century', this CD should go further to cement Chisholm's reputation as the composer of a large amount of music which is totally unique, with its mix of Eastern and Scottish influences, and use of ancient Scots airs and motifs.

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: 77.30 
direct sale price:  £8.50
audio  sample:  Scottish Air no. 2
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tracks:
Ceol Mor Dances
Dunedin Suite
9 Scottish Airs
Dance of the Princess Jaschya-Sheena
The Wisdom Book
Night Song of the Bards - 6 Nocturnes

review extracts: for full reviews click here

“One especially important collection, Night Songs of the Bards... embraces a wide range of rhythmic complexity and lyric introspection. [Murray McLachlan's] technical armoury and ear for colour are both impeccable and he brings these pieces to life with tremendous intensity and panache. With a good recording and booklet notes, those who have been following this series will eagerly wish to acquaint themselves with this release.” – Jonathan Woolf (MusicWeb)

“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. [This volume] contains two of what appear to me to be among Chisholm's finest achievements. This is music of quite outstanding quality... utterly delightful. There is no doubt that Murray McLachlan's enterprise is deserving of the highest praise.” – Robert Matthew-Walker (International Record Review)

“I was impressed with the sheer magical quality of this music. The playing is superb... the programme notes are extensive and excellent. This is, and will remain, the definitive edition of Erik Chisholm's piano music for many years to come. A magnificent effort. It is a monument to Scottish, European and World music by any standards of judgement.” – John France (MusicWeb)

“The tunes are handled with imagination but most of all, affection. McLachlan triumphs wonderfully. Worthy of more exposure in the concert hall... another stimulating volume from McLachlan” – Colin Clarke (Fanfare)

“The piano great, McLachlan, strays from his romance with Russian piano masters to tackle the sounds of other spaces... One of our great musical sherpas, McLachlan is always worth checking out once he gets a new journey going” – Chris Spector (MidWest Record)