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Peter Maxwell Davies: Black Pentecost; Stone Litany / Della Jones, mezzo; David Wilson-Johnson, baritone; BBC Philharmonic; Davies

Album Summary

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Black Pentecost, for mezzo-soprano, baritone and orchestra, J. 158
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Stone Litany
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, February 2015
Davies conducts performances of state-of-the-art vividness.

Both Black Pentecost and Stone Litany share a symphonic scale and an Orkney setting. Premièred by Simon Rattle in 1982, Black Pentecost is an impassioned plea against environmental destruction, taking its words from Orcadian author George Mackay Brown's novel Greenvoe, and cast in the form of a vocal symphony. Chamber-like restraint is matched by tense, dark writing that embraces threnody and cataclysm. Beautifully orchestrated and featuring elaborate melismas from the vocal soloist, Stone Litany, subtitled 'Runes from a House of the Dead', evokes the haunted landscape of a Neolithic burial mound plundered by Vikings.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester (09/1992).



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>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Black Pentecost, for mezzo-soprano, baritone and orchestra, J. 158
  • Conductor: Peter Maxwell Davies
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 53 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1979

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Stone Litany :: Runes from a House of the Dead, for mezzo-soprano & orchestra, J. 115
  • Performer: Della Jones (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Peter Maxwell Davies
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1973