Robert Mackintosh: Airs, Minuets, Gavotts and Reels

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A chamber-scale Concerto Caledonia bring to life a key figure from the golden age of Scottish fiddling, when the publishing of fiddle music books was in full spate and the familiar forms of strathspey, reel and jig were still taking shape. ‘Red Rob’ Mackintosh, named in the customary Gaelic fashion after the colour of his hair, found himself a place in the orchestra of the Edinburgh Musical Society and set up business as a teacher. Airs, Minuets, Gavotts and Reels (1783) was his first collection, published the year before his ill-fated move to Aberdeen, and it represents his desire both to understand the musical world around him as fully as possible and to forge himself a career within it. The Davids Greenberg and McGuinness, Greg Lawson and Alison McGillivray shed light on an age when, not yet ‘traditional’, such dance genres still bore the imprint of their individual composers.

"here is a revelation, thanks to that Indiana Jones of Scottish music, David McGuinness, and his piratical band, Concerto Caledonia... The playing is exhilarating, and wait until you hear McGuinness going mental on the square piano.Brilliant–and important–stuff."

"David McGuinness’s four-piece ensemble, typically swarthy in capturing the catchy crossover subtleties of the music, present a convincing case for Red Rob, particularly such consuming numbers as TheDuchess of Gordon’s Delight or The Diamond Reel."

"Through it all the four members of Concerto Caledonia show that when it comes to musical flexibility and performing zeal, they lack for nothing. This is a disc which for all the thorough academic preparation that has gone into it is bursting with fun, vitality and an undiminished zest for life"

"This is life-enhancing stuff – a disc guaranteed to put a spring into the heaviest, most jaded of steps. Mackintosh’s adherence to fairly standard musical forms doesn’t restrict his imagination, and the sequence of dances on this recording teem with life...Idiomatic, affectionate performances from a downsized Concerto Caledonia. Delicious."

Producer: David McGuinness
Release Date: 11 March 2013
Catalogue No: DCD34128
Total playing time: 1:06:18

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