Celebrating 25 Years of Excellence

Favourite Orchestral Classics



SOMM RECORDINGS is pleased to announce a celebration of Favourite Orchestral Classics by Iain Sutherland and the Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

Recorded in Munich in 1988 and Hanover in 1992, these glorious recordings bear the unmistakable stamp of the Scottish maestro’s reputation for emotion, colour and drama.

Sixteen composers drawn from three centuries of memorable music range from the brilliant heraldic flourish of Charpentier’s Te Deum Prelude (made internationally popular as the signature tune of the European Broadcasting Union) to Stravinsky’s agenda-changing The Firebird, with its beautiful Lullaby.

There is yearning romance in Prokofiev’s ‘The Young Juliet’ and Mascagni’s Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana, thrilling fantasy in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Scherzo, ecstatic energy in Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance (Gayane), infectious high spirits in Copland’s Hoe-Down (Rodeo) and the sylvan beauty of On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring by Delius. Other highlights include unforgettable classic moments from Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (the delightful ‘Le Caprice de Nanette’), Bizet (the lilting Minuet from L’Arlésienne with its novel use of saxophone), Bach (the sublime Sheep May Safely Graze) and Puccini (Suor Angelica’s melody-rich Intermezzo).

Completing the wide-ranging recital are Grieg’s festive Wedding Day at Troldhaugen and evocative Norwegian Rustic March, the haunting scene-setting introduction to Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, and Debussy’s vividly impressionistic En bateau.

Iain Sutherland’s previous SOMM releases include the “impressive… fully recommended” (Musical Opinion) Bernstein: Broadway to Hollywood (Ariadne 5002) and In London Town (SOMMCD 0117) with its “sparkling performances of some of the cream of light music” (MusicWeb International). His two volumes of Great Classic Film Music (Ariadne 5006/5009) received wide acclaim, Classical Music Daily declaring Sutherland makes “the music sound even more exciting than it was thought to be”.

On This Recording

    Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Te Deum
  1. Prelude
  2. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Petite Suite de Concert
  3. Le Caprice de Nanette
  4. Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet
  5. The Young Juliet
  6. Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana
  7. Intermezzo
  8. Georges Bizet: L'Arlesienne
  9. Minuetto
  10. Edvard Grieg: Lyric Suite
  11. Norwegian Rustic March
  12. Frederick Delius:
  13. On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
  14. Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream
  15. Scherzo
  16. Johann Sebastian Bach:
  17. Sheep May Safely Graze
  18. Manuel de Falla: El amor brujo
  19. Ritual Fire Dance
  20. Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird
  21. Lullaby
  22. Aaron Copland: Rodeo
  23. Hoe-Down
  24. Giacomo Puccini: Suor Angelica
  25. Intermezzo
  26. Edvard Grieg:
  27. Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
  28. Frederick Delius: A Village romeo and Juliet
  29. The Walk to the Paradise Garden
  30. Aram Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite
  31. Galop
  32. Claude Debussy: Petite Suite
  33. En Bateau
  34. Aram Khachaturian: Gayane
  35. Sabre Dance
  36. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
  37. Scene