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Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-2016): An Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise / Sean Shibe, guitar; Ben Gernon, Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Album Summary

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Ebb of Winter, concert overture for chamber orchestra, Op. 326
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Hill Runes, for guitar solo, J. 175
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Last Door of Light, for chamber orchestra, Op. 293
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : The Yellow Cake Revue
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise, for orchestra, J. 205
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Notes & Reviews:

Composer Maxwell Davies was closely associated with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from the 1980s until his passing in 2016. With this new release, the ensemble celebrates the life of their beloved Composer Laureate. Maxwell Davies produced an incredible amount of music during his career. In 2014, a BBC Prom was devoted completely to his works. The cornerstone of this album is An Orkney Wedding, which portrays the beauty of a sunrise after a boozy celebration. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is well-known and respected all over the world. They are conducted here by Ben Gernon, who conducted the ensemble in the 2014 Davies devoted BBC Proms. "This music was fun, the playing of the musicians superb, and it left the audience in an excited and bedazzled celebratory mood." (BachTrack)

Sunday Times, 11th September 2016
This disc affords a fond farewell to the composer and the musical realisation of his adopted Orkney...And the idea behind the title piece, bagpipes at daybreak, again proves itself unbeatable.

The Guardian, 4th September 2016
A worthy and deeply felt portrait of Max's Orkney...The SCO and Ben Gernon are totally committed; guitarist Sean Shibe adds the tiny Hill Runes and the ever touching, ever so simple Farewell to Stromness.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016
Aficionados will not mind hearing, yet again, those trademark Maxwell Davies devices of whooping horn glissandos and hyperactive chattering trumpets, especially when delivered with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's bombproof expertise; and Ben Gernon's conducting of both works is forthright and immaculate.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2016
[Maxwell Davies's] long and fruitful association with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra included a previous recording of the Orkney Wedding, but Linn's engineering is superior and crucially places Robert Jorgan's climactic bagpipe solo towards centre stage. Ben Gernon secures playing of even greater spirit and accuracy than the composer, replete with shouts of glee.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (09/14/2015-09/16/2015).



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Works Details

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Ebb of Winter, concert overture for chamber orchestra, Op. 326
  • Performer: Sean Shibe (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Ben Gernon
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (09/14/2015-09/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2013

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Hill Runes, for guitar solo, J. 175
  • Performer: Sean Shibe (Guitar)
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (09/14/2015-09/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Last Door of Light, for chamber orchestra, Op. 293
  • Performer: Sean Shibe (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Ben Gernon
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (09/14/2015-09/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2008

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : The Yellow Cake Revue
  • Performer: Sean Shibe (Guitar)
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (09/14/2015-09/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise, for orchestra, J. 205
  • Performer: Sean Shibe (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Ben Gernon
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (09/14/2015-09/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985