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The best recordings by percussionist Evelyn Glennie

Five essential Evelyn Glennie albums and recordings to explore

Evelyn Glennie best recordings

James MacMillan
Veni, Veni, Emmanuel etc.
With Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Jukka-Pekka Saraste
RCA G010001846447Z

Though not Glennie’s debut album, it was this premiere recording of James MacMillan’s riotous and exuberant showpiece, Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, that truly launched her international career.

Martland Street Songs; plus works by Klatzow, David Horne etc.
With The King’s Singers
RCA G010000245012M

Steve Martland, something of a brutalist maverick among British composers, showed a more urbane side to his creativity in this remarkable collaboration with Glennie and The King’s Singers.

Erkki-Sven Tüür
Symphony No. 4, ‘Magma’
With Estonian National Symphony Orchestra/Paavo Järvi
Virgin Classics 385 7852

One of Glennie’s most charismatic outings, with what BBC Music Magazine’s reviewer described as ‘an intoxicating physical score’, its awe-inspiring climaxes caught in demonstration sound.

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John Corigliano Conjurer
Albany Symphony Orchestra/David Alan Miller
Naxos 8.559757

Another remarkable showpiece for Glennie, and also for the family of percussion instruments, of which each branch – wood, metal and skin – is showcased individually.

Ecstatic Drumbeat: Works for Percussion and Chinese Orchestra
With Tzu-You Lin, Tsung-Hsin Hsieh et al
BIS Records BIS-SACD 1599

Glennie has frequently collaborated with percussionists from non-Western musical traditions; here is one of her more recent and most seductively recorded results.