Memory Takes My Hand

Released in 2008, Memory Takes My Hand (Virgin Classics) includes three major new works that range from triumphant choral arrangements to abstract, almost ambient tonalities.

The title work, Memory Takes My Hand, is a celebration of civic life commissioned for the re-opening of Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. On Immer, written for former Scottish Ensemble director Clio Gould, Armstrong touches upon the contemporary electronic music of artists like Fennesz – allowing Gould’s silvery strings to sing repeatedly above the orchestra.

A love of contemporary art is also present on the album, not just in its artwork by painter Alison Watt, but in Armstrong’s collaboration with environmental artists Dalziel + Scullion on One Minute, influenced by the sounds of nature.

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Tracklist

  1. 1. Immer (VIOLIN CONCERTO NO.1)
  2. 2. Knoydart (ONE MINUTE)
  3. 3. Sionascaig
  4. 4. Sound of Jura
  5. 5. Bauchaille Etive Mor
  6. 6. Rassay
  7. 7. Govan
  8. 8. Kirkwall
  9. 9. Crimond
  10. 10. Quiriang
  11. 11. Rackwick Bay
  12. 12. Edinburgh
  13. 13. Cape Wrath
  14. 14. Glasgow
  15. 15. Rannoch Moor
  16. 16. Perth
  17. 17. Us - Orchestra (MEMORY TAKES MY HAND)
  18. 18. World - Soprano, chorus & orchestra
  19. 19. Age (once) - Soprano, chorus & orchestra
  20. 20. Taittirya Yphanisad - SA chorus & orchestra
  21. 21. Recovering - soprano, chorus & orchestra
  22. 22. One day - Orchestra
  23. 23. North - soprano, chorus & orchestra
  24. 24. Glasgow - chorus & orchestra
  25. 25. As we loved - soprano & orchestra
  26. 26. Risen - orchestra
  27. 27. The world shall turn - chorus & orchestra
  28. 28. Many - chorus & orchestra
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