The Return of Odysseus

Glasgow Herald, Michael Tumelty *****

Here’s a fine debut album by the City of Glasgow Chorus and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, featuring the first recording of Sir Malcolm Arnold’s rousing cantata, The Return of Odysseus, a cleverly and audibly unified choral cantata (amazingly the only one of its type by the veteran British composer). It’s a fun piece, drenched in seascapes. Surging climaxes, hugely melodious and catchy, and with some oompah moments to its marching rhythms. Graham Taylor gets the best out of his Glasgow Chorus, who rise to the occasion with a knock-out climax to the piece – a typically Arnold radiant sunburst of sound.

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