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Some of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ most imposing and important music for solo instruments can be heard in his cycle of ten Strathclyde Concertos, composed for, and premièred by the soloists of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The ingeniously structured Seventh Concerto, for double bass, is both tense and haunting. The more conventionally laid out Eighth Concerto, for bassoon, is by turns playful and lyrical, and features an important rôle for timpani. A Spell for Green Corn was written to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the SCO and Maxwell Davies’ 60th birthday.
Peter Maxwell Davies: Strathclyde Concerto No. 7
II. Lento - Allegro
Peter Maxwell Davies: Strathclyde Concerto No. 8
I. Presto - Lento recitando - Tempo adagio - Allegro moderato
III. Recitative - Allegro - Piu allegro - Adagio
Peter Maxwell Davies: A Spell for Green Corn: The MacDonald Dances
A Spell for Green Corn: The MacDonald Dances
14th January 2014
“The disc, previously issued on Collins Classics, and recorded in 1993 is as fresh as when it was first released. With the composer at the helm it is as authoritative as it gets and chock full of brilliant playing by both soloists and orchestra.”