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Hail Caledonia: Scotland in Music



SOMM Recordings is delighted to release Hail Caledonia – Scotland in Music, a musical salute to their homeland by conductor Iain Sutherland and the City of Glasgow Philharmonic Orchestra.

Recorded live in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall in 1995-96 and newly re-mastered, these vivacious performances also feature the City of Glasgow Pipe Band, City of Glasgow Chorus, and bagpipers David Wotherspoon and Iain McDonald. Sutherland provides brilliant orchestral arrangements of The Black Bear Salute, reputedly the British army’s fastest regimental march, and the timeless Amazing Grace, together with his own colourful Three Scottish Castles Suite.

Roy Williamson’s anthemic Flower of Scotland is heard alongside Robert Docker’s Abbey’s Craig, better known as Scots Wha Hae, and Granville Bantock’s luscious treatment of a traditional Scottish waulking song, Kishmul’s Galley. Also featured is Mendelssohn’s lively Scherzo, fuelled by a traditional ‘Scotch snap’, from his Scottish Symphony and Malcolm Arnold’s wonderfully realised Four Scottish Dances.

Music by Granville Bantock, Eric Coates, Ernest Tomlinson and Alexander McKenzie is heard alongside the theme tunes to two hugely popular Scottish television dramas, Hamish McCunn’s Land of the Mountain and the Flood, theme to Sutherland’s Law, and Arthur Blake’s Take the High Road. And to end, the infectious Devil’s Finale/Reel o’ Tulloch from Ian Whyte’s ballet score Donald of the Burthens.

The result is a glorious musical celebration of the Saltire and the tartan, with informative booklet notes by Robert Matthew-Walker.
Iain Sutherland’s previous SOMM releases include two volumes of Great Classic Film Music, the first a Classic FM Album of the Week (Ariadne 5006/5009), Musical Opinion’s “fully recommended” Leonard Bernstein: Broadway to Hollywood (Ariadne 5002), the enthusiastically received Favourite Orchestral Classics (Ariadne 5012) and In London Town (SOMMCD 0117), which MusicWeb International hailed for its “sparkling performances of some of the cream of light music”.

On This Recording

  1. The Black Bear Salute arr. Iain Sutherland a
  2. Robert Docker (1918-92)

  3. Abbey Craig (Scots Wha Hae)
  4. Ernest Tomlinson (1924-2015)

  5. Cumberland Square (My love She's but a lassie yet/Cock o' the North)
  6. Eric Coates (1886-1957)

  7. Elizabeth of Glamis (Springtime in Angus)
  8. Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47)

  9. Symphony No.3, 'Scottish' - Scherzo
  10. Arthur Blake (1925-94)

  11. Take the High Road Theme
  12. Hamish McCunn (1868-1916)

  13. Sutherland's Law Theme (Land of the Mountain and the Flood arr. Iain Sutherland)
  14. Robert Docker

  15. Faery Dance Reel
  16. Iain Sutherland (b.1936)
    Three Scottish Castles

  17. Stirling Castle: Gateway to the Highlands
  18. Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye
  19. Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street
  20. Alexander McKenzie (1847-1935)

  21. Benedictus
  22. Granville Bantock (1868-1946)

  23. Kishmul's Galley
  24. Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)
    Four Scottish Dances

  25. Strathspey
  26. Reel
  27. Hebrides
  28. Highland Fling
  29. Roy Williamson (1936-90)

  30. Flower of Scotland arr. Ian Sutherland ab
  31. Trad. arr. Iain Sutherland

  32. Amazing Grace c
  33. Ian Whyte (1901-60)

  34. Davil's Finale/Reel o' Tulloch (from Donald of the Burthens) d

City of Glasgow Philharmonic Orchestra, Iain Sutherland conductor
a City of Glasgow Pipe Band
b City of Glasgow Chorus
c David Wotherspoon, pipes
d Iain McDonald, pipes


“a fresh remastering by the admirable Paul Arden-Taylor of live radio transmissions… The album is enhanced by some top-notch booklet notes from Robert Matthew-Walker… one more very collectable album from this label, with the 1936-vintage Maestro in customary fine form as conductor, arranger and composer.” —Peter Burt, London Light Music