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MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 (Maxwell Davies)

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2012

Originally recorded in 2012


Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Philharmonia Orchestra

Maxwell Davies, Peter

Peter Maxwell Davies



All Saints' Church, Tooting, London

Glasgow City Hall, Scotland

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Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 69:11
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MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 (Maxwell Davies)

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Symphony No. 4

1 I. Moderato 13:37
2 II. Allegro 7:23
3 III. Adagio 11:06
4 IV. Andante - Allegro 10:40

Symphony No. 5

 Peter Maxwell Davies Conductor
 Maxwell Davies, Peter

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.

"...Quite aside from the quality of the music, the performances given here by the Scottish Chamber and Philharmonia Orchestras are absolutely superb, responding as best they could to maxwell Davies’s cold cruelties."
Lynn René Bayley - Fanfare - January/February 2013

"...both Symphonies present the composer in a very different light to frothier, melodic works by which he is more universally known, such as Mavis in Las Vegas, An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise or Farewell to Stromness. As in much of Maxwell Davies’s more substantial works, no one is going to be bowled over by an abundance of melody or dancy rhythms, but nor is the composer an unapproachable modernist, and for muscular vividness and multi-textured eloquence, this pair is hard to beat. The Fifth in particular, with its greater cut and thrust - and volume! - is probably the most accessible entry point into the composer’s Symphonies.Given their intimate knowledge of the respective scores, the SCO and Philharmonia’s accounts of these works under their progenitor must be considered benchmarks, and there is nothing in these fairly immaculate recordings to start off any debate. Sound quality in both cases is good - the best of the bunch so far, in fact..."
Byzantion - - 23 November 2012

                       **** - Good

Norbet Tischer - Pizzicato magazine - November 2012

"...Reissues at an attractive price of the authoritative performances of two striking symphonic works."

Mark Sealey - - 9 October 2012

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