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MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Lighthouse (The) [Chamber Opera] (Neil Mackie, Keyte, Comboy, Members of BBC Philharmonic, Maxwell Davies)

MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Lighthouse (The) [Chamber Opera] (Neil Mackie, Keyte, Comboy, Members of BBC Philharmonic, Maxwell Davies)

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release date: June 2014

Originally recorded in 2014

Artists:

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, members

Orchestra

Peter Maxwell Davies

Conductor

Neil Mackie

Soloist

Christopher Keyte

Soloist

Venue:

The Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK

Venue

Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Opera


Classical

Total Time - 72:29
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MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Lighthouse (The) [Chamber Opera] (Neil Mackie, Keyte, Comboy, Members of BBC Philharmonic, Maxwell Davies)

     
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PETER MAXWELL DAVIES

     
 

The Lighthouse

 
1 Part 1: Prologue: The Court of Enquiry (Officer 1, Officer 2, Officer 3) 27:27
2 Part 2: Act: The Cry of the Beast (Arthur, Blazes, Sandy, Voice of the Cards) 11:22
3 Part 2: Act: Blazes' Song (Blazes, Sandy, Arthur) 03:34
4 Part 2: Act: Sandy's Song (Sandy, Arthur, Blazes) 04:24
5 Part 2: Act: Arthur's Song (Arthur, Sandy, Blazes, Officer 1, Officer 2, Officer 3) 25:42
     
 Neil Mackie Soloist
  Christopher Keyte Soloist
  Peter Maxwell Davies Conductor

Maxwell Davies: The Lighthouse

On a routine tour of duty in December 1900 the supply ship Hesperus discovered the Flannan Isles lighthouse in the Outer Hebrides to be empty, the three keepers apparently having disappeared into thin air. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s haunting and thrilling chamber opera The Lighthouse is heard here in its classic premiere recording. It explores what might have become of the three men, marooned in their storm-bound tower and overwhelmed by ghostly visions and crazed desperation, creating a dramatic imagining of a story which remains a mystery to this day.



 "... it’s well worth buying this CD ... Comboy, Keyte and Mackie, who double as the three ship officers in the Prologue, bring their characters to vivid life with powerful, extroverted singing and impressive musicianship; the roles are very demanding, both dramatically and musically. Under the composer’s direction, the ochestra, cmposed of memebers of the BBC Philharmonic, churns with musical description."

Joshua Rosenblum - Opera News (USA) - October 2014


                                      ****   Excellent

Massimo Viazzo - Musica magazine (Italy) - September 2014


                                    Performance  *****          Recording *****

"...Even without the visuals, the work’s taut pacing and sharp-focus invention grip the imagination from start to finish. All three cast members excel ... the instrumental playing is incisively superb."

Malcolm Hayes - BBC Music magazine - July 2014




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