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Peter Maxwell Davies: Caroline Mathilde, ballet suites; Chat Moss; Ojai Festival Overture / BBC PO, Davies

Album Summary

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Caroline Mathilde
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Chat Moss, for school orchestra, J. 264
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Ojai Festival Overture, for orchestra, J. 240
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' ballet Caroline Mathilde premiered in 1991 and has been highly acclaimed ever since. Its story concerns the tragic marriage of Caroline to Christian VII of Denmark and is cast in a musical language that embraces expressionism, drama, parody, and overt lyricism. The two concert suites chart the young queen's fall from grace and her eventual banishment into exile. Chat Moss is a richly textured tone poem, while by contrast the Ojai Festival Overture is a lively and extrovert concert piece reflecting Maxwell Davies' fondness for American landscape and culture. Recorded between 1991-95 and previously released by the now defunct Collins Classics, the Naxos label has been consistently lauded in the musical press for making available once again these and many other recordings by arguably the greatest British composer of the second half of the 20th c., that, in some cases, remain the only recordings of these works.



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>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Caroline Mathilde :: Concert Suite from Act I of the Ballet, for orchestra, J. 244
  • Conductor: Peter Maxwell Davies
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic
  • Notes: Cheltenham Town Hall, UK (07/12/1991-07/13/1991)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Caroline Mathilde :: Concert Suite from Act II of the Ballet, for orchestra, J. 249
  • Conductor: Peter Maxwell Davies
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester (07/11/1995-07/12/1995)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Chat Moss, for school orchestra, J. 264
  • Conductor: Peter Maxwell Davies
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Ojai Festival Overture, for orchestra, J. 240
  • Conductor: Peter Maxwell Davies
  • Notes: Cheltenham Town Hall, UK (07/12/1991-07/13/1991)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1991
  • Studio/Live: Live