Francis MacDonald – Music For String Quartet, Piano and Celeste (4 stars)

Francis MacDonald – Music For String Quartet, Piano and Celeste

(TR7 Records)

Teenage Fanclub's drummer makes a classical crossover

There’s always been something of a snooty disregard from the classical music establishment for pop and rock artists who dare to make the crossover. This shouldn’t worry Teenage Fanclub’s Francis MacDonald – his Morricone and Arvo Pärt-inspired minimalist compositions are a triumph. Stylistically stark with a warm and comforting core, MacDonald arranged the pieces himself, proving a lack of formal training is no barrier to good music.

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