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Peter Maxwell Davies: Suites to: The Boyfriend; The Devils; Seven in Nomine; Yesnaby Ground; Farewell to Stromness / Peter Maxwell Davies, piano

Album Summary

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : The Boy Friend, suite drawn from the sound-track of Ken Russell's film, for instrumental ensemble
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : The Devils, suite drawn from the soundtrack of Ken Russell's film, for instrumental ensemble, J. 98A
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Seven In Nomine, for instrumental ensemble, J. 63
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : The Yellow Cake Revue
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Notes & Reviews:

All the works on this recording have connections with stage or theatre. The two suites are derived from scores that Maxwell Davies wrote for films by Ken Russell and could not be more different. The Boyfriend, based on a 1954 musical by Sandy Wilson, introduces a large dance band and period motifs to great effect, while dramatic extremes depicting the film's themes of corruption, exorcism and execution within a medieval religious setting are explored in The Devils. Seven in Nomine evokes Maxwell Davies' interest in medieval plainsong. The composer himself plays two of his most popular piano pieces with their memorable evocations of Orkney landmarks.

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
I have always liked The Boy Friend, a 1954 Broadway show by Sandy Wilson. Maxwell Davies rewrote (orchestrated) the music for the 1971 film by Ken Russell. It's weird stuff. It's still catchy and attractive. Mr Ashby was quite taken with the weirdest music here, for the 1971 movie, The Devils of Loudon. These are some of the strangest sounds he ever wrote. The In Nomine settings are quite beautiful. The settings are nicely varied: wind quintet, string quartet, harp. The recordings are startlingly clear.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2014
In these vintage examples of early-to-middle-period Maxwell Davies, his fairly for popular dance-forms shines through his roguishly gaudy arrangements...Maxwell Davies's score [for The Devils] seems to probe into parallel, darkly unfolding musical processes of its own. All these performances excel.

MusicWeb International, 13th March 2014
This is all stunningly recorded. Do not entertain fears of harsh early digital sound. Everything chimes cleanly yet has satisfying impact...A surprisingly fresh and agreeably discomfiting selection. Try it and be surprised.



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>Maxwell Davies, Peter : The Boy Friend, suite drawn from the sound-track of Ken Russell's film, for instrumental ensemble
  • Conductor: Nicholas Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Aquarius (UK Instrumental Ens.)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1971

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : The Devils, suite drawn from the soundtrack of Ken Russell's film, for instrumental ensemble, J. 98A
  • Conductor: Nicholas Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Aquarius (UK Instrumental Ens.)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1971

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Seven In Nomine, for instrumental ensemble, J. 63
  • Conductor: Nicholas Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Aquarius (UK Instrumental Ens.)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1965

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : The Yellow Cake Revue :: Yesnaby Ground (Excerpt)
  • Performer: Peter Maxwell Davies (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1980.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : The Yellow Cake Revue :: Farewell to Stromness (Excerpt)
  • Performer: Peter Maxwell Davies (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1980.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980