Hebrides Ensemble – Ursa Minor: Chamber Music by Stuart Macrae (2022) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Hebrides Ensemble – Ursa Minor: Chamber Music by Stuart Macrae (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:16:44 minutes | 1,24 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Delphian Records

This compelling survey of music by the Scottish composer Stuart MacRae – a fifth installment in the acclaimed Hebrides Ensemble/Delphian Records series of composer portraits – focuses on works of the last decade while also reaching back to include two pieces from the composer’s mid-twenties.

Reflecting diverse inspirations from nature and myth, it also reveals underlying continuities: a preoccupation, in particular, with questions of scale and perspective. The ancient Greek hero Prometheus receives an unexpectedly intimate portrait, his human aspects to the fore – flawed yet sympathetic. MacRae’s perception of the natural world, meanwhile, extends from the microscopic scale of lichen to the vastness of the night sky, in which the medium of distance transmutes all turmoil into calm.

01. Hebrides Ensemble – MacRae: I am Prometheus (15:14)
02. Hebrides Ensemble – MacRae: Dark Liquid (02:34)
03. Hebrides Ensemble – MacRae: Ixion (16:48)
04. Hebrides Ensemble – MacRae: cladonia bellidiflora (06:33)
05. Hebrides Ensemble – MacRae: Tol-Pedn (03:52)
06. Hebrides Ensemble – MacRae: Lento in memoriam Peter Maxwell Davies (02:19)
07. Hebrides Ensemble – MacRae: Ursa Minor (05:32)
08. Hebrides Ensemble – MacRae: fthinoporinos (07:26)
09. Hebrides Ensemble – MacRae: Diversion (The room behind the room) (03:09)
10. Hebrides Ensemble – MacRae: Parable (13:11)