Maxwell Davies: Symphony No. 3 & Cross Lane Fair

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Maxwell Davies: Symphony No. 3 & Cross Lane Fair



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2nd July 2012




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Maxwell Davies: Symphony No. 3 & Cross Lane Fair

Davies, Peter Maxwell:

Cross Lane Fair

Rob Lea (bodhran) & Mark Jordan (northumbrian pipes)

Symphony No. 3


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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.

Peter Maxwell Davies: Symphony No. 3

I. Lento - Adagio - Andante - Moderato - Allegretto - Allegro moderato - Allegro - Allegro alla breve

II. Allegro

III. Allegro vivace: scorrevole e bisbigliando

IV. Lento - Adagio flessible

Peter Maxwell Davies: Cross Lane Fair



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Sunday Times

15th 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.”

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