|Symphony No. 5
|| 2222/2Horns/2Trumpets/Timp/Perc/Strings Commissioned by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
“Thomas Wilson is Scotland’s uncelebrated musical treasure.”
|| Solo guitar Sts. 33221 (minimum)/1Perc,Vibes,Bongos Commissioned by Phillip Thorne.
|| 2222/4331/3Perc/Timp/Pf Cel/Hp/Strings Commissioned by the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and BP for Ernst Kovacic.
“The Violin Concerto compelled from its wistful, oboe-tinted opening, to its emphatic, rhythmical, final foot stamp.”
|| 3333/4321/Timp/Perc/Hp/Pf/Cel/Sts. Commissioned by Glasgow city council in 1990 as part of its European City of Culture celebrations, as the inaugural work to celebrate the opening of the city’s new Royal Concert Hall.
“A teeming effective scherzo in which the clatter of glockenspiel and anvil, picturing Glasgow’s industry, also gave a hint of chinoiserie.”
|Symphony No. 4 (Passeleth Tapestry)
|| 3333/4331/Timp/Perc/Hp/Pf/Cel/Sts. Commissioned by Renfrew District Council together with Strathclyde Regional Council to mark Paisley’s 500th anniversary as a Burgh of Barony.
“A Major work..one of Wilson’s most vital and sustained large-scale statements.”
|| 2222/4321/HP/Pf/Timp/Perc/Sts. Commissioned by James Durrant with assistance from the BBCSSO Trust.
|Concerto For Piano & Orchestra
MP3 extract (1.2MB)
|| 3333/4331/Timp/Perc/Hp/Cel/Sts. Commissioned by Bryden Thomson for David Wilde and the BBC Philharnomic Orchestra.
“I believe this the finest essay in the medium ever by a Briton and one of this most sparing and introspective composer’s greatest achievements. The ear cannot but be beguiled by the subtext of a succession of ravishingly beautiful sound worlds. Absolutely fascinating”
|| 2222/423/Timp.Anvil.SC/2Perc/Hp/Pf/Cel/Sts. Commissioned by BBC.
“The work is undoubtedly one of the finest Thomas Wilson has so far given us. Every note is essential, and many a composer has said very much less while taking twice as long doing so.”
|Symphony No. 3
|| 3333/4331/Timp/3 Perc/Hp/Pf/Cel/Sts. Commissioned by Musica Nova.
“A strongly wrought symphonic poem, dramatic and impressive”
|Concerto For Orchestra
“This masterly work is a composition of great emotional intensity and extreme sensitivity to texture and colour. Everything in this magnificent work gives the impression of inevitability coupled with individuality – the distinguishing stamp of a masterpiece.”
MP3 extract (4.5MB)
|| 3333/4331/Perc/Hp/Cel/Pf/Sts. Commissioned by the BBC for the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts.
|Symphony No. 2
“For the more adventurous musical minds, Thomas Wilson’s second symphony was the highlight of the programme.”
“Thoughtful, purposeful, and by no means inconsiderable. The composer is a constructionist and can well afford to be.”
“An interesting and important work”
|Variations For Orchestra
“Tremendously impressive..brilliantly colourful..lively and accomplished”
“Wilson’s scoring is as lucid as his musical thought.”
“The young composer has an ear for the most softly shimmering orchestral colours.”
“His variations had an overall character of their own that was tremendously impressive”
“Brilliantly colourful, live and accomplished, the nature of the scoring and counterpoint had in fact close links to Hindemith”