Adrian Leaper: Granville Bantock A Hebridean Symphony

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Granville Bantock A Hebridean Symphony
Performed by the Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic (Kosice) under Adrian Leaper.

English: Pencil drawing of Granville Bantock
 Pencil drawing of Granville Bantock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This symphony was completed in 1913 and carries this poem in the prefix:

From the lonely shieling of the misty island
Mountains divide us and the mist of seas
Yet still the blood is strong, the heart is highland
And we in dreams behold the Hebrides.

The work draws heavily on Scottish folk materials, including a resplendent rendition of the heroic "Kishmul's Galley Song" (19:38). Bantock didn't just string them together though, he melded them into an epic whole and it is really an impressive work.

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