Maxwell Davies - Black Pentecost, Stone Litany
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Cat No: 8572359
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 1st September 2014
ArtistsDella Jones (mezzo-soprano)
David Wilson-Johnson (baritone)
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
ConductorPeter Maxwell Davies
Both Black Pentecost and Stone Litany share a symphonic scale and an Orkney setting.
Premičred by Simon Rattle in 1982, Black Pentecost is an impassioned plea against environmental destruction, taking its words from Orcadian author George Mackay Brown’s novel Greenvoe, and cast in the form of a vocal symphony. Chamber-like restraint is matched by tense, dark writing that embraces threnody and cataclysm.
Beautifully orchestrated and featuring elaborate melismas from the vocal soloist, Stone Litany, subtitled ‘Runes from a House of the Dead’, evokes the haunted landscape of a Neolithic burial mound plundered by Vikings.
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