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Peter Maxwell Davies: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 / Maxwell Davies, conductor

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>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Symphony no 4, for orchestra, J. 224
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Symphony no 5, for orchestra, J. 266

Album Summary

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Symphony no 4, for orchestra, J. 224
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Symphony no 5, for orchestra, J. 266
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The orchestra used by Peter Maxwell Davies for his Fourth Symphony is of Classical period proportions, but this relatively compact framework belies a richness of ideas and sonorities. With its starting point in the tone poem Chat Moss, the single-movement Fifth Symphony utilizes a more varied orchestral palette than its predecessor, with a large percussion section often in evidence. Both works are performed here by the orchestras for which they were written. The First Symphony can be heard on 8.572348, the Second Symphony on 8.572349, and the Third Symphony on 8.572350. 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, September 2012
Cast in a multiplicity of subsections, of greatly varying length, it is a newfangled study in symphonic integration. This account is incisive.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Davies has built a formidable reputation for his vast and undeniably ambitious works (the many recent string quartets are part of this artistic avalanche), but I must admit I'm just not getting it. These were originally released on Collins, but it's interesting to note that nobody else has ever taken up these works on CD.



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>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Symphony no 4, for orchestra, J. 224
  • Conductor: Peter Maxwell Davies
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 20 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1989

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Symphony no 5, for orchestra, J. 266
  • Conductor: Peter Maxwell Davies
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1994.
  • Running Time: 26 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1994