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Peter Maxwell Davies: Strathclyde Concertos Nos. 3 & 4 / Robert Cook, horn; Peter Franks, trumpet; Lewis Morrison, clarinet

> Strathclyde Concerto No. 3 - I. Introduction: Adagio -
> Strathclyde Concerto No. 3 - II. Allegro moderato -
> Strathclyde Concerto No. 3 - III. Cadenza -
> Strathclyde Concerto No. 3 - IV. Andante -
> Strathclyde Concerto No. 3 - V. Allegro
> Strathclyde Concerto No. 4 - I. Introduction: Lento
> Strathclyde Concerto No. 4 - II. Allegro moderato -
> Strathclyde Concerto No. 4 - III. Adagio -
> Strathclyde Concerto No. 4 - IV. Cadenza -
> Strathclyde Concerto No. 4 - V. Adagio

Album Summary

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Strathclyde Concerto no 3, for horn, trumpet & orchestra, J. 227
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Strathclyde Concerto no 4, for clarinet & orchestra, J. 233
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' Strathclyde Concertos, all premièred by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, are among his most significant contributions to the concerto genre. Concerto No. 3 for Horn and Trumpet marks a turning point in the cycle of ten concertos by employing multiple soloists, and stands in the lineage of works by Haydn, Mozart and Bach's Brandenburg Concertos. Concerto No. 4 explores the clarinet's lyrical Mozartian heritage, alongside subtle percussive effects and agile virtuosity.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2013
[The Clarinet Concerto] is imbued with a subtly Scottish flavour...a central Adagio provides a still core to the work, played here with quiet intensity by Lewis Morrison...The Double Concerto for Horn and Trumpet seemed somewhat arid by comparison, though one had to admire the virtuosity of the two soloists.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland (07/1991).



Reviews

A remarkable series
The Strathclyde Concertos are a unique group of compositions. Commissioned by Strathclyde, Peter Maxwell Davies composed one concerto a year for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The ten concertos, spanning a decade, make an impressive -- and somewhat unified -- body of work.

This release features the third concerto for horn and trumpet, and the fourth concerto for clarinet in arguably the most authoritative performances recorded -- the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for whom the works were written, conducted by the composer himself.

One of the characteristics of the Strathclyde concertos is the elimination of competing voices from the orchestra, throwing the solo instruments in sharp relief to the ensemble. So the third concerto has no brass instruments, save for the solo French horn and trumpet. The fourth concerto has only one clarinet -- the soloist.

Each concerto fully explores the possibilities of the solo instruments, and those possibilities influence the direction of the work. The brass concerto is more aggressive than the clarinet concerto, with wider melodic leaps and an higher energy level overall. The clarinet concerto, while more lyrical and soft-spoken, is not without some spiky sections as well.

This is a re-release from the Collins Classic series (they recorded Concertos 3-10). I'm hoping Naxos will eventually reissue the rest, and perhaps the first two from Unicorn-Kanchana too, please?
Submitted on 09/25/13 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Strathclyde Concerto no 3, for horn, trumpet & orchestra, J. 227
  • Performers: Peter Franks (Trumpet); Robert Cook (French Horn)
  • Conductor: Peter Maxwell Davies
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1989

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Strathclyde Concerto no 4, for clarinet & orchestra, J. 233
  • Performer: Lewis Morrison (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Peter Maxwell Davies
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1990