Maxwell Davies - Linguae Ignis, Vesalii Icones, etc | Naxos 8572712

Maxwell Davies - Linguae Ignis, Vesalii Icones, etc

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8572712

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 1st August 2011

Contents

Artists

Vittorio Ceccanti (cello)
Contempoartensemble

Conductor

Mauro Ceccanti

Works

Davies, Peter Maxwell

Fantasia on a Ground and 2 Pavans
Linguae Ignis
Vesalii icones

Artists

Vittorio Ceccanti (cello)
Contempoartensemble

Conductor

Mauro Ceccanti

About

A new disc of instrumental works from the Master of the Queen’s Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

Linguae Ignis is an instrumental motet for cello and ensemble, and was premièred in 2002 by the forces that perform it on this disc. This beautiful, elegiac work sees Maxwell Davies entwining two Pentecostal Plainchants around each other, and gradually generating rich dance patterns, to which the solo cello responds with eloquent reserve. This is its world premiere recording.

Dating from much earlier, Vesalii Icones again has a strong rôle for solo cello, and also a solo dancer. It’s a set of fourteen dances, based on illustrations by Vesalius, that play out the Stations of the Cross in music of profound ritualistic expression.

By contrast, the Fantasia and Two Pavans provide a sardonic and provocative gloss on Purcell.

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