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Ave Maris Stella and other works

Chamber music by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2008





Surrey University


David Lefeber

Record Label




Total Time - 52:54
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Ave Maris Stella

4 I Section 1 2:51
5 II Section 2 2:59
6 III Section 3 1:53
7 IV Section 4 0:57
8 V Section 5 1:20
9 VI Section 6 6:36
10 VII Section 7 1:34
11 VIII Section 8 2:20
12 IX Section 9 8:07
  Gemini ensemble

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen’s Music, is without doubt one of the most important composers of the current age. This new disc presnets the first new recording of his major work Ave Maris Stella since Max’s own Fires of London recording over 30 years ago, and the premiere recordings of three fine and varied works

" will certainly value this excellent performance..."

Gimbel - American Record Guide - August 2012

“Gemini make a fine noise: playing with great panache on this disc, and with a clear affinity with the composer’s craftsman-like idiom. The studio recording, while a little on the dry side, is also very good.”

Dominy Clements

Music Web

“In a way this disc is iconic contemporary music of our times - challenging for performers and for listeners but not unfriendly. It gives a sense at the end that you have not wasted your time and that you have heard pieces worth their space in the world and the disc a space on your over-loaded shelves. You feel that the music says something and that the players believe in it. The recording is first class and the highly professional presentation of accompanying booklet and photographs helpful and serious. All in all a deservedly high quality product delivered from the hands of top musicians.”

Gary Higginson

Music Web

“A modern recording of Ave Maris Stella  has long been needed. The impact of Gemini’s performance, in this properly concentrated acoustic environment, is more than enough to explain the high place accorded to the work.”

Arnold Whittall


“Composed in 1975, the instrumental sextet Ave Maris Stella is one of the composer’s greatest achievements. The Gemini Ensemble make this tough, knotty composition ... totally compelling.”

Andy Hamilton

The Wire

"This is the kind of work that gives challenging music a good name. High octane, high tone, high calibre listening throughout."

Chris Spector

Mid West Record

“Ave Maris Stella, written in 1975, is a signature piece and a tour-de-force… a sphinx-like compositional enigma, brilliantly decoded by Gemini.”

Philip Clark

Classic FM Magazine

“Ave Maris Stella is one of Peter Maxwell Davies’s greatest achievements, and one of the most powerful of all instrumental works. It’s a tough, thrillingly sustained musical argument, and a piece that’s as challenging for the performers as it is for the first-time listener, but the Gemini players seem to be totally on top of its thematic intricacies and finely honed lyricism.”

Andrew Clements

The Guardian

“One of [the composer’s] profoundest and most luminous works…it comes over here with an idiomatic ease and brilliance that make the work seem truly classical. Vintage Max indeed.”   ****

Paul Driver

The Sunday Times

"Absolutely superb"

Malcolm Hayes

BBC Music Magazine

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