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Maxwell Davies: Linguae Ignis; Vesalii Icones; Fantasia; Two Pavans / Vittorio Ceccanti, cello

Audio Samples

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Linguae Ignis (Tongues of Fire) - for Pentecost, for instrumental ensemble, J. 330
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Vesalii Icones, music-theatre work for dancer, solo cello & instrumental ensemble, J. 85
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Purcell
>     Fantasia and Two Pavans, realization for instrumental ensemble, J. 77

Album Summary

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Linguae Ignis (Tongues of Fire) - for Pentecost, for instrumental ensemble, J. 330
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Vesalii Icones, music-theatre work for dancer, solo cello & instrumental ensemble, J. 85
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Purcell
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Music for mixed ensembles has been a feature of the music of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies from the very beginning, as has the use of earlier musical styles ranging from a few years before to centuries earlier. Linguae Ignis, premièred in 2002 by the forces that perform it on this disc, is a beautiful, elegiac work. Maxwell Davies entwines two Pentecostal Plainchants, gradually generating rich dance patterns, to which the solo cello responds with eloquent reserve. Dating from much earlier, Vesalii Icones, which also has a prominent rôle for solo cello, is 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.

Cellist Vittorio Ceccanti has given premières of pieces dedicated to him by Peter Maxwell Davies, Luciano Berio, Fabio Vacchi, Ivan Fedele, Azio Corghi, Michele dall'Ongaro, Carlo Boccadoro, Nicola Sani and many others.

"The studio performances come from the highly regarded Italian group, Contempoartensemble, conducted by their founder Mauro Ceccanti. Working exclusively in music of our time they have the dedicated expertise in such challenging scores. The disc does not make clear why these 2004 recordings are just surfacing, but the sound is of excellent quality and with exceptional inner clarity." -David's Review Corner

Ritmo
Peter Maxwell Davies is one of the most attractive and charismatic personalities in contemporary music and has played a fundamental role in English music of recent decades. With a personal style and high quality craftsmanship in the construction of each score, Davies's work is characterized by an eclecticism that turns his gaze to the past and both are attracted to the folk tradition. Vesalii lions, composed for ensemble and solo dancer, is one of his most interesting. This is a music full of contrasts designed to accompany a dance inspired by the artwork of a Treaty of sixteenth-century anatomy. The Italian Contempoartensemble, directed by Mauro Vittorio Ceccanti and Ceccanti as cello player, we offer a version technically good but somewhat cold and piercing from the spirit with which the work was conceived. Perhaps this is Linguae Ignis (2002) which arouses more interest on this record, both for being the first recording of the work and the fact of being played by the dedicatee himself, Vittorio Ceccanti. And this is always a guarantee of originality and freshness to making us feel a music so rich and complex as that of Davies.

Fanfare
The sound is warm and clear, and the whole production introduces and advocates the composer's vision smartly.

The Sunday Times London
One of the most audacious ensemble works from Davies's early period of white-hot inspiration - a multilayered hybrid of cello concerto, solo ballet, anatomical demonstration and meditation on the Crucifixion.

MusicWeb International
The acoustic is immediate and close without being over intense. The liner-notes are to the point and clear. Amazingly, this is now the only recording of any of these works in the current catalogue; another reason for snapping it up without hesitation.

Classic FM
The Italian ensemble and especially solo cellist Vittorio Ceccanti bring the music prancing off the page... The CD box mentions this work's 'profound ritualistic expression', yet the Italians never neglect the lighter, more humorous aspects. They come into their own swinging the end of the Purcell fantasia off its quirky wall.

Allmusic.com
Vittorio plays with warmth and sensitivity... Mauro, leading Contempoart ensemble, doesn't shy away from letting Maxwell Davies' zany stylistic leaps and overlaps make the maximum impact. Naxos' sound is clean, vivid, and well-balanced.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Recording Studio Valter Neri, Montevarchi, Italy (05/22/2004-05/23/2004).



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Works Details

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Linguae Ignis (Tongues of Fire) - for Pentecost, for instrumental ensemble, J. 330
  • Performer: Vittorio Ceccanti (Cello)
  • Conductor: Mauro Ceccanti
  • Ensemble: Contempoartensemble
  • Notes: Recording Studio Valter Neri, Montevarchi, Italy (05/22/2004-05/23/2004)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Vesalii Icones, music-theatre work for dancer, solo cello & instrumental ensemble, J. 85
  • Performer: Vittorio Ceccanti (Cello)
  • Conductor: Mauro Ceccanti
  • Ensemble: Contempoartensemble
  • Notes: Recording Studio Valter Neri, Montevarchi, Italy (05/22/2004-05/23/2004)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1969

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Purcell :: Fantasia and Two Pavans, realization for instrumental ensemble, J. 77
  • Conductor: Mauro Ceccanti
  • Ensemble: Contempoartensemble
  • Notes: Recording Studio Valter Neri, Montevarchi, Italy (05/22/2004-05/23/2004)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1968