Conducting legend José Serebrier, together with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, performs the premiere recording of four works by contemporary American composer, Robert Beaser. Two of the works, Notes on a Southern Sky and the Guitar Concerto, were written for guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk, a noted pupil of Andrés Segovia, who performed the concerto alongside José Serebrier in 2015 and returns for this recording.  Fisk describes them as ‘epic works of historical importance in the history of the guitar.’ Premiered by Fisk in New York in 2009, the Guitar Concerto is truly symphonic in scale with virtuoso passages that only a master could write; the variety of styles perfectly exploits Fisk's dazzling agility.  Evening Prayer is an orchestral tone poem demonstrating the melodic and harmonic beauty which characterises Beaser’s style. Ground O is Beaser’s own orchestration of an earlier work written within a month of the events of September 11; its power to reflect the enormous sadness of this tragedy is unspeakably moving. José Serebrier is one of the most recorded classical artists in history; he has received eight GRAMMY® wins and forty-five GRAMMY® Award nominations including a Latin GRAMMY® nomination for his recording of Adler’s Sixth Symphony with the RSNO. The RSNO has a worldwide reputation for the quality of its recordings, receiving two Diapason d’Or de l’année awards for Symphonic Music and eight GRAMMY® Award nominations to date. Guitarist Eliot Fisk is known worldwide as a charismatic performer famed for his adventurous and virtuosic repertoire; he has performed with the LA Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Rochester Symphony, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Pro Arte Orchestra, BMOP, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and numerous others.

"...it gives the listener a good impression of Beaser’s music which is performed very well by Eliot Fisk and conductor José Serebrier."
Pizzicato
"[A] fascinating disc...Fisk is right on it every second."
Classical Guitar Magazine
"Powerful works with attention-grabbing crescendos..."
The Herald
"José Serebrier, an accomplished conductor of contemporary music, leads the Royal Scottish National Orchestra confidently through Robert Beaser's neotonic sound worlds..."
RRB Kulture Radio
"Fisk plays brilliantly. His sound is strong yet sensuous. The RSNO under the direction of conductor José Serebrier play their hearts out, with a sound that is full and rich, yet also transparent."
The New Criterion, 5 April 2018
"Fisk’s performance is simply brilliant...The RSNO performance under Serebrier is outstanding."
The Whole Note, 1 September 2017
"It's a most attractive work in an open and welcoming style which combines delicacy, half-light and a dazzle of joyous detail."
MusicWeb International, 14 August 2017
"Performance 4 / Recording 5: The orchestral sound is big...confident and film-score vivid, and demands extraordinarily virtuosic playing from American master Eliot Fisk."
BBC Music Magazine, August 2017
"...the Guitar Concerto [is] a thrilling, expansive composition brimming with terrific ideas. Performed here with Fisk’s fearless virtuosity and a clearly inspired RSNO..."
Gramophone, August 2017
"...this subtly winning guitar concerto by Robert Beaser [is] played with understated sensitivity by Eliot Fisk..."
CD Choice, 6 July 2017