"Splendid, devoted performances": high praise for Rory Macdonald's latest Linn CD

16 November 2020

Rory Macdonald, who recently joined our roster, has returned to conduct the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for their well received Linn Records disc: Thomas Wilson | Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5. This follows the critical success of their recording last year of Wilson's Third and Fourth Symphonies.

"No 2 is in three movements; it is music of exalted rhetoric, edgy intensity and the solidest craftsmanship. No 5, his last completed work, is a superb single span that embraces a luminous excursion for strings. Splendid, devoted performances"

The Sunday Times

“The powering inevitability of a substantial opening movement not without its tender cameos; the mutable agitation of the central movement; the pugnacious Walton-inspired urgency of the finale: all are addressed with clear-minded singularity by Macdonald, begging the question, why is this work not performed more often?”

Vox Carnyx

“…throughout MacDonald keeps up the tension so that the whole movement unfolds in gripping form without any sense of sag. The performances from Rory MacDonald and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra are terrific, in both works they capture the concentrated element of Wilson's writing, but also bring out the many incidental beauties of his instrumental writing and ear for orchestral colour.”

Planet Hugill*****

“Rory Macdonald and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra commit themselves wholeheartedly, and do these often beautiful works full justice. The recording and production are excellent on all counts.”

Hubert Culot, MusicWeb International

You can read more about the disc here and listen here.

Rory's engagements this season and beyond include returns to Oper Frankfurt for Le nozze di Figaro and to the Opera Theater of Saint Louis for The Magic Flute, as well as his debut for the Opéra de Tours for Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Face.

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