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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Album tracks

1Immer (Violin Concerto No.1)
2Knoydart
3Sionascaig
4Sound of Jura
5Bauchaille Etive Mor
6Rassay
7Govan
Kirkwall
9Crimond
10Quiriang
11Rackwick Bay
12Edinburgh
13Cape Wrath
14Glasgow
15Rannoch Moor
16Perth
17Us (Orchestra)
18World (Soprano, Chorus & Orchestra)
19Age (once) – (Soprano, Chorus & Orchestra)
20Taittirya Uphanisad (Chorus & Orchestra)
21Recovering (Soprano, Chorus & Orchestra)
22One day (Orchestra)
23North (Soprano, Chorus & Orchestra)
24Glasgow (Chorus & Orchestra)
25As we loved (Soprano & Orchestra)
26Risen (Orchestra)
27The world shall turn (Chorus & Orchesta)
28Many (Chorus & Orchestra)


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