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Peter Maxwell Davies: Strathclyde Concerto No. 2; Cello Sonata; The Two Fiddlers, dances / Vittorio Ceccanti, cello; Bruno Canino, piano

Album Summary

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Strathclyde Concerto no 2, for cello & orchestra, J. 218
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Sonata for cello & piano ("Sequentia Serpentigena"), Op. 285
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Dances from "The Two Fiddlers", arr. for violin & piano, J. 220
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Little Tune for Vittorio in Maremma, for solo cello
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Notes & Reviews:

This is the second disc of works focusing on Peter Maxwell Davies' continuing artistic relationship with the Ceccanti family. The Second Strathclyde Concerto is notable for its eloquently expressive cello lines and the composer's signature transparency of orchestration. The Sonata 'Sequentia Serpentigena', written for Vittorio, was inspired by early medieval stone carvings in Tuscany and uses Gregorian chant to bring the serpent's symbolism of temptation and betrayal to life. The Little Tune for Vittorio is a song based on an original theme in a Scottish folk style. Vittorio and Mauro Ceccanti can be heard in Maxwell Davies' Linguae Ignis and Vesalii Icones on Naxos 8.572712.

Sunday Times, 19th May 2013
[Ceccanti] is superbly attuned to the idiom, handling Davies's plainsong-derived phrases and Scotch-snap rhythms with sumptuous lyrical ease.

MusicWeb International, 4th September 2013
The Second Concerto is especially memorable, modelled with typically Maxian harmonics in the grand tradition, and makes an ideal starting point for a journey through 'Strathclyde'...Italian cellist Vittorio Ceccanti gives a searing account on this live recording.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Peter Maxwell Davies (b 1934) is still living in the Orkney Islands off the coast of Scotland. He is, of course, one of the most powerful composers of his generation, and it is a pleasure to hear his music continuing and maintaining its character and force of expression. This music is played by Davies's friend, cellist Ceccanti. It opens with the 35-minute Strathclyde Concerto 2, a dramatic and lyrical work written in 1987 as part of the mammoth collection of ten concertos commissioned by the Strathclyde Regional Council and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. This is a recording of a performance, a good one. The rest of the program is new to records. There is a 20-minute sonata inspired by medieval stone carvings in Tuscany and the question of how the serpent relates to religion - a work of lyric beauty and warmth. The dance fantasy lightens the mood considerably, transcribed by the cellist from a violin piece. The program concludes with a tiny Scottishbased tune for solo cello written in 15 minutes in response to hearing the cellist play the Sixth Suite of Bach. This is a pleasantly performed collection of cello music by one of our greatest contemporary composers. The volume goes up markedly following the concerto. Otherwise, the recording is fine and Ceccanti is a sensitive player, worthy of this fine music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorium RAI, Torino, Italy (05/10/2012-05/11/2012); Valter Neri Studio, Montevarchi, Firenze, Italy (05/10/2012-05/11/2012); Auditorium RAI, Torino, Italy (09/13/2006); Valter Neri Studio, Montevarchi, Firenze, Italy (09/13/2006).



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>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Strathclyde Concerto no 2, for cello & orchestra, J. 218
  • Performer: Vittorio Ceccanti (Cello)
  • Conductor: Peter Maxwell Davies
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI
  • Running Time: 35 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1988
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Sonata for cello & piano ("Sequentia Serpentigena"), Op. 285
  • Performers: Vittorio Ceccanti (Cello); Bruno Canino (Piano)
  • Notes: Valter Neri Studio, Montevarchi, Firenze, Italy (05/10/2012-05/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Dances from "The Two Fiddlers", arr. for violin & piano, J. 220
  • Performers: Vittorio Ceccanti (Cello); Bruno Canino (Piano)
  • Notes: Valter Neri Studio, Montevarchi, Firenze, Italy (05/10/2012-05/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Little Tune for Vittorio in Maremma, for solo cello
  • Performer: Vittorio Ceccanti (Cello)
  • Notes: Valter Neri Studio, Montevarchi, Firenze, Italy (05/10/2012-05/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008