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Peter Maxwell Davies: Symphony No. 3; Cross Lane Fair / BBC PO, Maxwell Davies

Audio Samples

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Symphony no 3, for orchestra, J. 203
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Cross Lane Fair, for Northumbrian pipes & orchestra, J. 267

Album Summary

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Symphony no 3, for orchestra, J. 203
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Cross Lane Fair, for Northumbrian pipes & orchestra, J. 267
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Peter Maxwell Davies's Symphony No. 3 is the product of symmetry and proportion based on the principles of Renaissance architecture. It is also a dynamic and thrilling seascape, one that both invokes medieval chant and summons up the violent buffeting of the waves, and the stirring cliff-face full of nesting birds. The dual inspirations of proportion and the natural world are seamlessly coalesced, and the Symphony teems with evocative sounds and brooding passages both expansive and time defying in their beauty. Cross Lane Fair is a lighter work, scored for Northumbrian pipes, bodhran (an Irish drum) and chamber orchestra, inspired by the memories of a fairground that Maxwell Davies visited as a child. Universally acknowledged 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. He lives in the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland, where he writes most of his music.

Sunday Times, July 2012
[The Symphony] is Davies at his most uncompromisingly brooding: intensity ingrained into every bar, a new kind of symphonic logic pursued with frightening relentlessness. For a listener who is, as Susan Sontag called herself, "a zealot of seriousness", the rewards are deep and stirring.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
The program closes with Cross Lane Fair (1994), a comparatively light tone poem about the composer's childhood trip to a local fair. There's a bearded lady, a five-legged sheep, and a juggler, with solo Northumbrian pipes, which have the sound of an accordion, and an Irish drum called a Bodhran. The full orchestra lends thoughtful commentary. The atmosphere is basically tonal in a fuzzy sort of way, and it's about as entertaining as this composer gets.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, UK (1993-09-23_1993-09-24&1994-).



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>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Symphony no 3, for orchestra, J. 203
  • Conductor: Peter Maxwell Davies
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, UK (09/23/1993-09/24/1993)
  • Running Time: 57 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1984

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Cross Lane Fair, for Northumbrian pipes & orchestra, J. 267
  • Performer: Rob Lea (Bodhran)
  • Conductor: Peter Maxwell Davies
  • Running Time: 13 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994