Out of the Silence by John McLeod, CD Review: The Scotsman

Out of the Silence: Orchestral Music by John McLeod. CD Review: The Scotsman. by Ken Walton Now in his 80s, a remarkably sprightly John McLeod has been writing music of immense character and craftsmanship of late. The most recent piece on this disc dedicated entirely to the Edinburgh-based composer is the title track, Out of the Silence, which in turn … Read More

Out of the Silence by John McLeod, CD Review: The Herald

Out of the Silence – RSNO/John McLeod/Dame Evelyn Glennie.  CD review: The Herald by Keith Bruce.   THIS is without doubt a major release in terms of contemporary Scottish orchestral music, yet there is a sense of our national orchestra playing catch-up. It is the Scottish Chamber Orchestra that will premiere McLeod’s new viola concerto, Nordic Fire, in October, and … Read More

Out of the Silence, John McLeod, CD Review: Music Review International.

Out of the Silence, John McLeod, Music Review International by John France. 23rd of July 2018. (Extract) The Percussion Concerto is by far the longest work on this CD, running to some 27 minutes. It was composed in 1987 for the present soloist Dame Evelyn Glennie. The work is conceived in five movements: Cortege with Fanfares, Scherzo I, Nightscape (Callanish), … Read More

The Core-Tet Project – CD Review: Jazz Word.

The Core-Tet Project – CD Review, Jazz Word, July 21st 2018. (Extract) ‘Rusty Locks, with a Caribbean-styled steel-pan-like pulse from Glennie is nearly a Latin-Jazz piece expressed in pizzicato pops from both string players and a comprehensive syncopated ostinato from Stevens. Other tracks, such as “Black Box Thinking”, where Glennie’s percussion doubles into full-kit expansion from kettle drum-like resonation, the … Read More