The Soldier's Return: Guitar Music Inspired by Scotland

The Soldier's Return: Guitar Music Inspired by Scotland

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Total playing time [61:00]

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James Akers (romantic guitar)

The increasingly in-demand guitarist and lutenist James Akers makes his Resonus solo debut with a stunning album of works for romantic guitar.

Akers provides a captivating programme of works – consisting almost entirely of world premiere recordings – by guitar legends from continental Europe, all inspired by the Scottish landscape its music and its literature.

Featuring Mauro Giuliani & Luigi Legnani (from Italy), Fernando Sor (from Spain) and Johann Kaspar Mertz (from Hungary), this seductive album draws the listener in to the magical, diverse, and even haunting, Scottish influences that bewitched each of these nineteenth century composers. 

Album Booklet (PDF)

Tracklist

Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
1. Variations on a Scottish Theme

Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829)
2. The Soldier’s Return

Luigi Legnani (1790-1877)
3. Variations on Rossini’s ‘La Marcia’
(from La donna del lago)

Mauro Giuliani
4. Prelude and Scotsoises (1)
5. Blue Bells of Scotland
6. Jenny’s Bawbee, A Reel

Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856)
7. Fingal’s Cave

Mauro Giuliani
8. Coming through the Rye
9. Prelude and Scotsoises (2)
10. This is no my ain Lassie

Luigi Legnani
11. Variations on Rossini’s ‘Oh Quante Lagrime’
(from La donna del lago)

Mauro Giuliani
12. The Old Country Bumpkin

'It's a small soundscape, but when played with such beauty, taste and subtlety, an utterly enchanting one. [...] To explore the charming world of the guitar's first golden age, you won't do better than this lovely disc.'

- BBC Music Magazine

'And so it comes to pass, with Akers imbuing, for example, the insouciant vurtuosity of Lagnani's Variations on Rossini's 'Oh quante lagrime', the wistful beauty of Giuliani's Coming through the rye and the melancholic theatre of Mertz's Fingal's Cave with all the warmth, colour and expressive richness one could hope for.'
Gramophone

'It's a small soundscape, but when played with such beauty, taste and subtlety, an utterly enchanting one. [...] To explore the charming world of the guitar's first golden age, you won't do better than this lovely disc.'
BBC Music Magazine

'[...] extremely well played by James Akers, an experienced recitalist [...] he highlight here is Fernando Sor’s Variations on a Favourite Scottish Scene . The scene is Ye Banks and Braes o' Bonnie Doon , which sounds really good on this charming seven minute piece'
Classic FM (David Mellor)

'Akers elicits a consistently beautiful tone from his guitars, closely but warmly and sympathetically captured by the Resonus recording.'
Classical Ear

'Aker’s employs his own considerable virtuosity to bring this neglected seam of music to vivid life, and he certainly captures the enthusiasm these composer’s poured into their subjects as well as hinting at the stunning techniques they must all have demonstrated as players. The warm tone of the authentic instruments is a further factor in the success of this CD.'
Early Music Review

'James Akers plays with obvious relish for the romantic idiom of the music, and for the distinctive sound of the guitar.'
Andrew Benson-Wilson (andrewbensonwilson.org)

'Resonus is to be congratulated on its ability to produce fine recordings of interesting and unusual repertoire. This CD features music inspired by Scotland from a number of guitarist/composers, many of the 19th Century, from continental Europe. It is a beautiful CD.'
Lark Reviews

Credits
© 2016 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2016 Resonus Limited
Catalogue No. RES10165
Producer, engineer & editor: Douglas Whates
Executive Producer: Adam Binks
EAN: 5060262790694
Cover image © Resonus Limited