Birds & Beasts: music by Martyn Bennett and Fraser Fifield

Martyn Bennett was one of Scotland’s most innovative musicians, combining the traditional and modern, the local and the international. A long-planned collaboration with Mr McFall’s Chamber was never realised during his tragically short lifetime. For the group’s second disc with Delphian, Robert McFall has put together a programme of his own sympathetic arrangements of Martyn’s music alongside original works by Fraser Fifield, another of Scotland’s virtuosic musical innovators. The premiere recording of Bennett’s Piece for string quartet, percussion and Scottish smallpipes epitomises his sophisticated mastery of fusion.

"Knives In Hens" is a satisfying, serpentine dalliance of whistle, violin and percussion across a medley of five Bennett tunes, while his "Piece for string quartet, percussion and Scottish smallpipes in C" most stretches the folk elements into new territory."

Producer: Paul Baxter
Recording venues: Castlesound Studios, Pencaitland
Recording dates: 28-30 October 2009
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 9
Release date: 24 May 2010
Album ID: DCD34085
Total playing time: 1:02:50

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