Caledonian Scenes
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Enjoy discovering Scottish composer Hamish MacCunn's lovely songs.

This recording emerged from a series of personal Scottish connections of tenor Justin Vickers; his Scottish heritage; his collaboration with Scottish pianist Geoffrey Duce; and his scholarly work with Jennifer Oates on the composer Hamish MacCunn. The first recording of MacCunn's Cycle of Six Love-Lyrics, is paired with a selection of his other songs, along with works by Scottish composer Judith Weir, and Britten's cycles set to the poetry of Robert Burns. Justin Vickers has a distinguished career as a recitalist, opera singer, chamber musician, and educator. He is on the faculty of Illinois State University, Normal. His collaborator Gretchen Church is on the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University at Bloomington. Pianist Geoffrey Duce is on the faculty at Illinois State University.
Judith Weir, composer
Scotch Minstrelsy
Justin Vickers (tenor); Geoffrey Duce (piano)

Benjamin Britten, composer
Four Burns Songs, Op. 92
Justin Vickers (tenor); Geoffrey Duce (piano)

Hamish MacCunn, composer
Cycle of Six Love-Lyrics
Justin Vickers (tenor); Gretchen Church (piano)

Hamish MacCunn, composer
Selected Songs
Justin Vickers (tenor); Gretchen Church (piano)

"…This superlative disc is a quantum leap forward in the appreciation of Hamish MacCunn; that it offers further delights in the shape of Britten and Weir is quite the bonus. Get thee hence to my Wants List." (Fanfare)

"…This is a fine disc, and the performances are intense and theatrical. Vickers has a voice of impressive power…Weir's Scotch Minstrelsy and MacCunn's Cycle of Six Love-Lyrics are perhaps the most compelling parts of the program, and it is wonderful finally to have the latter cycle commercially available." (Fanfare)
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