Rory Macdonald conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in the premiere recording of three orchestral works by ‘the father of Scottish music’, composer Thomas Wilson (1927–2001). Wilson was an important figure in Scotland’s musical renaissance, whose exceptional output established him as a composer of particular significance. Wilson completed five symphonies of which two are recorded here: Symphony No. 3 and Symphony No. 4 ‘Passeleth Tapestry’, both of which were premiered by the RSNO. The Third Symphony, a RSNO commission, was described in The Guardian as 'one of most impressive works written by a Scottish composer in recent years'. The Fourth Symphony, written to mark Paisley’s 500th anniversary, features masterly orchestration throughout and Wilson’s treatment of the strings is especially fresh and inventive.  Carillon was commissioned by Glasgow city council in 1990 as part of its European City of Culture celebrations, as the inaugural work to celebrate the opening of the city's new Royal Concert Hall, where the RSNO is now based. This recording is a fitting tribute to the leading Scottish composer of his generation by an orchestra who inspired and premiered his work.

Presto Classical Editor's Choice award

""Passeleth Tapestry," is masterfully scored, fuelled by blistering energy at one extreme, intense beauty at the other...Wilson's artistry comes dramatically to life in powerful, often highly sensitised RSNO performances."
The Scotsman
"There are shades of Berg in the lyrical string passages, hints of Bartók in the percussion writing, and even occasional whispers of Ives and (in the Fourth Symphony) Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety, but this Scottish composer emerges as a distinct and original voice in these three works commissioned for Scottish ceremonial occasions and anniversaries: the orchestration in the Fourth Symphony, a musical autobiography of Paisley, is especially arresting."
Presto Classical
"A magnificent release from a major Scottish composer....the brilliant and strongly imaginative scoring is what keeps one's attention riveted from first to last."
MusicWeb International
"5* - Wilson's accomplished, evocative writing makes a strong impression on first hearing."
The Reviewer's Chair
"Wilson’s Symphony No 3 is an absorbing and rigorous work in comparison and is arrestingly played by Macdonald’s RSNO."
Gramophone
"An enterprising release of the first order and anyone with an interest in twentieth century orchestral music should seek it out."
MusicWeb International
"This was a fascinating discovery. Wilson – a 20th-century Scottish composer – has clearly been overlooked. His writing is colourful, dynamic and cinematic, and it is delivered with real panache here."
BBC Music Magazine
"The sound is rich, full and present, while the orchestral performances under Rory Macdonald are dramatically charged, colourful, and assured...It is a winning disc in every way."
Fanfare
"Rory Macdonald draws thrilling, punchy playing from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra...Fascinating, and a startling introduction to a very individual voice."
The Arts Desk
"...enjoy the craftmanship, colour and imagination which characterise the pieces on this disc. There is not a significant amount of Wilson's music available on disc, and certainly this is the most significant release of his music for some years.'"
Planet Hugill