Maxwell Davies - The Beltane Fire, etc | Naxos 8572362

Maxwell Davies - The Beltane Fire, etc

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8572362

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 1st December 2014

Contents

Artists

Manchester Cathedral Girls’ Choir
Boys of the Manchester Cathedral Choir
Boys of the Manchester Cathedral Voluntary Choir
Choir of Manchester Grammar School
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Peter Maxwell Davies

Works

Davies, Peter Maxwell

Sir Charles his Pavan
Sunday Morning
The Beltane Fire
The Turn of the Tide
Threnody on a Plainsong for Michael Vyner

Artists

Manchester Cathedral Girls’ Choir
Boys of the Manchester Cathedral Choir
Boys of the Manchester Cathedral Voluntary Choir
Choir of Manchester Grammar School
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Peter Maxwell Davies

About

The works on this recording embrace a varied miscellany of Peter Maxwell Davies’ orchestral output from the early 1990s.

The ‘choreographic poem’ The Beltane Fire pits the sternness of the Reformation clergy against the pagan traditions of the Orkney Islands. Concerned with environmental pollution, The Turn of the Tide ultimately reaches “a triumphant dance of all creation”, while the Threnody and Pavan are poignant memorial tributes for significant figures in the composer’s life.

Our catalogue of works by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has for some time had sufficient critical mass to make each new release an automatic purchase for connoisseurs of the best in contemporary music. This new collection was preceded by our release of The Lighthouse (8660354), acclaimed by BBC Music Magazine as a work to “grip the imagination from start to finish… incisively superb.”

This new release is a collection with a great deal of variety, reviving a Collins Classics recording of The Beltane Fire which Gramophone considered “excellent performances… from the Maxwell Davies/BBC Philharmonic partnership; the recordings are clean and vivid”.

The BBC Music Magazine also admired “the combined forces of four children’s choirs from Manchester [who] acquit themselves magnificently in the final hymn to unsullied nature” in The Turn of the Tide, a work which holds as much resonance today as it did in the 1990s for those concerned about our environment.

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