Maxwell Davies - Symphony No.6, Time and the Raven, Orkney Wedding | Naxos 8572352

Maxwell Davies - Symphony No.6, Time and the Raven, Orkney Wedding

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8572352

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 29th October 2012

Contents

Artists

George McIlwham (bagpipes)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Peter Maxwell Davies

Works

Davies, Peter Maxwell

An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise
Symphony no.6
Time and the Raven

Artists

George McIlwham (bagpipes)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Peter Maxwell Davies

About

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s passionate Sixth Symphony is dedicated to the memory of the writer George Mackay Brown, with the ‘very special musical virtuosity’ of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in mind. It is one of his most beautifully expressive works and, whilst not untroubled, reaches moments of serene beauty. The Sixth is in many ways Maxwell Davies’s most immediately approachable symphony - an excellent ‘entry point’ to his ongoing cycle of symphonies. It’s both powerful and consoling, with the musical architecture leading ever onward to the moving last movement.

Composed for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, Time and the Raven is a brilliant and exciting collage, whilst few contemporary works enjoy such popularity as the magical An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise.

Time and the Raven is a bold occasional piece, whilst An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise is one of his most performed compositions, notable for his use of the bagpipe. The performances are conducted by the composer with his favourite orchestra.

Universally acknowledged as one of the foremost composers of our time, Peter Maxwell Davies has made a significant contribution to musical history through his wide-ranging and prolific output. He lives in the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland, where he writes most of his music.

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