Robert Burns - Love Songs for Solo Piano Patrick Doyle
Label: Besant Hall Records (part of Air-Edel Records)
Artist: Patrick Doyle
Composer: Robert Burns (1759-1796)
Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)
- 1Ae Fond Kiss03:07
- 2My Luve's Like a Red, Red Rose04:00
- 3John Anderson, My Jo, John03:26
- 4Ye Banks and Braes04:14
- 5Of a the Airts the Wind Can Blaw03:15
- 6The Lea Rig03:14
- 7Afton Water04:05
- 8Ay Waukin' O02:54
- 9A Man's a Man for A' That02:55
- 10The Winter It Is Past03:02
- 11Green Grow the Rashes, O03:00
- 12She's Fair and Fause03:36
- 13Auld Lang Syne03:45
Info for Robert Burns - Love Songs for Solo Piano
"Love Songs" for Solo Piano is a collection of new settings of beloved works by Scotland’s world-famous National Baird, composed, arranged and performed on piano by acclaimed composer, Patrick Doyle.
“I have always loved the songs of Robert Burns. He was born in 1759 and died at the age of 40, worn out by a hard life as a farmer. Despite his humble origins, he achieved great success as a poet in Scotland where his own light shone during the Scottish age of enlightenment. He dedicated the last seven years of his life mainly to writing the lyrics for over two hundred traditional Scottish melodies. He was a great humanitarian and critic of the class divide and his songs’ appeal meant his fame eventually spread to all of the world touching the hearts of millions of people, many of whom today have no idea that Auld Lang Syne was penned by this great Scottish genius.
My earliest memories were listening to my father, my mother and my grandmother sing his songs at regular family house parties. Each had beautiful natural voices. My grandmother sang ‘The Lea Rig’ which is my favourite Burns song. I am fortunate to have a recording of her singing this song as she sang and spoke in auld Scots. Her interpretation was handed down from the time of Burns in the 18th century, as he would have heard it then, via the Scottish vocal folk tradition. The vocal line in this recording, with its embellishments and grace notes, are a direct transcript of what was sung by my grandmother. I wanted to create an album with piano arrangements of the songs inspired by my memories of accompanying my family.” (Patrick Doyle)
Patrick Doyle, piano
After many years composing for theatre, radio and television, Patrick joined the Renaissance Theatre Company as composer and musical director in 1987. In 1989 director Sir Kenneth Branagh commissioned Patrick to compose the score for feature film ‘Henry V’, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, and they have subsequently collaborated on numerous pictures, including ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, ‘Hamlet’, ‘As You Like It’ and ‘Cinderella’. Patrick and Branagh’s collaboration within film and theatre has continued to this day, with performances worldwide that include Branagh’s 2015 production of ‘The Winter’s Tale’ and 2016 productions of ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and ‘The Entertainer’ which both ran at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End.
Patrick has been commissioned to score over 60 international feature films, including ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’,‘Gosford Park’, ‘Sense and Sensibility’, ‘Indochine’, ‘Carlito’s Way’ and ‘A Little Princess’. His work has led to collaborations with some of the most acclaimed directors in the world, such as Regis Wargnier, Brian De Palma, Alfonso Cuaròn, Ang Lee, Chen Kaige, Mike Newell and Robert Altman.
In October 2007, Patrick Doyle’s ‘Music from the Movies’ sell-out concert on behalf of The Leukaemia Research Fund was staged at The Royal Albert Hall. It was directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh and starred a host of international talent, including Emma Thompson, Sir Derek Jacobi, Dame Judi Dench and Alan Rickman, among many others. In December 2013, the London Symphony Orchestra performed a programme of Patrick’s work in a special celebratory concert at the Barbican for Patrick’s 60th birthday, at which Sir Derek Jacobi, Emma Thompson and soprano Janis Kelly performed.
Patrick has received two Oscar, two Golden Globe, one BAFTA and two Cesar nominations, as well as winning the 1989 Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Theme for ‘Henry V’. He has also been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The World Soundtrack Awards and Scottish BAFTA, the Henry Mancini Award from ASCAP and the PRS Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Music.
Patrick has composed several concert pieces, including Tam O Shanter, commissioned by the Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust; Corarsik, composed for Emma Thompson’s birthday; ‘The Face In The Lake’, commissioned by Sony and narrated by Kate Winslet and The Thistle and the Rose, commissioned by Prince Charles in honour of the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday. His concert suite Impressions of America received its world premiere in July 2012 with the National Schools Symphony Orchestra, of which Patrick is a patron.
Patrick scored ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ for Fox Studios, and ‘Brave’ for Disney/Pixar, for which he was subsequently awarded Best Original Composition for Film at the International Music and Sound Awards. In addition, Patrick completed a score for the silent movie ‘IT’ starring Clara Bow, commissioned by The Syracuse Film Festival, which received its world premiere at the Syracuse historic Landmark Theatre in October 2013. His score was recently performed in Glasgow at the Royal Concert Hall by young students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Orchestra as part of a pioneering music education programme for the International Society for Music Education (ISME)
In 2015, Patrick completed work on the music for Walt Disney’s live action version of ‘Cinderella’, directed by Branagh. Patrick also recorded a solo piano album, made up of a collection of his film scores to date, which was released by Varese Sarabande in July 2015. In 2016 Patrick completed the scores for the remake of Scottish classic ‘Whisky Galore!’ and Amma Asante’s ‘A United Kingdom’, starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo. In 2018 Patrick composed the scores for ‘Sgt Stubby: An American Hero’, Twentieth Century Fox’s ‘Murder On The Orient Express’, and ‘All Is True’, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh for Sony Picture Classics. Most recently, Patrick composed the original score for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures film ‘Artemis Fowl’ and ‘Death on the Nile’ for 20th Century Studios.