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Peter Maxwell Davies: Symphony No. 10; Andrzej Panufnik: Symphony No. 10 / Markus Butter, baritone; London SO, Pappano

Album Summary

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Symphony no 10 ("Alla ricerca di Borromini")
>Panufnik, Andrzej : Symphony no 10
Performer Conductors Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

LSO Live presents the world premiere recording of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's architectural Tenth Symphony, alongside Sir Andrzej Panufnik's Symphony No 10. This release showcases two of the twentieth century's most iconic symphonic composers, paired together here by their Tenth Symphonies. Regarded as one of the foremost composers of our time, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has made a significant contribution to musical history through his wide-ranging and prolific output. Commissioned by the LSO and described by the composer as 'the wildest music I've ever written', Symphony No 10 tells the story of 17th century architect Francesco Borromini, who suffered much criticism for his idiosyncratic buildings and tragically committed suicide. Borromini's architectural and mathematical principles permeate the symphony, a work that speaks of creativity, life, death and renewal. The Symphony was recently presented with the Sky Arts 2015 award in the Classical category at the South Bank ceremony. Conductor Sir Antonio Pappano has spoken of his admiration for the piece and its composer: 'When he described the piece to me and its dramatic content then I was drawn very strongly to it. Max wrote most of this piece in hospital. He was diagnosed with leukemia and was undergoing treatment for a long period of time, so the piece is very strong with tremendous pathos... it gives the piece a power and a sureness of of knowledge.' As with many of his other works, Panufnik's succinct offering is influenced by geometry - the Fibonacci series in this instance. The symphony achieves its supreme sound quality through the combination of various groups of instruments, with Panufnik allowing each grouping to convey humanity and an intense, profound musicianship. This recording was made during Panufnik's Centenary year and supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

Financial Times, 28th August 2015
Highly charged fervour animates the symphony's discourse on creativity.

MusicWeb International, September 2015
This is a well-prepared and satisfying performance and remarkably accurate for such a complex work ... the chorus and orchestra are quite brilliant...I had not thought of Pappano as interested in championing new works and was very pleased with his assured conducting and obvious commitment.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Barbican, London (02/2014); The Barbican, London (10/2014).



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Works Details

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Symphony no 10 ("Alla ricerca di Borromini")
  • Performer: Markus Butter (Bass)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 41 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2013-2014
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Panufnik, Andrzej : Symphony no 10
  • Performer: Markus Butter (Bass)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 15 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Studio/Live: Live