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This is the second disc of works focussing on Peter Maxwell Davies’ continuing artistic relationship with the Ceccanti family. The Second Strathclyde Concerto is notable for its eloquently expressive cello lines and the composer’s signature transparency of orchestration. The Sonata ‘Sequentia Serpentigena’, written for Vittorio, was inspired by early medieval stone carvings in Tuscany and uses Gregorian chant to bring the serpent’s symbolism of temptation and betrayal to life. The Little Tune for Vittorio is a song based on an original theme in a Scottish folk style. Vittorio and Mauro Ceccanti can be heard in Maxwell Davies’ Linguae Ignis and Vesalii Icones on Naxos 8572712.
Peter Maxwell Davies: Strathclyde Concerto No. 2
III. Allegro moderato - Lento - Lentissimo
Peter Maxwell Davies: Cello Sonata, "Sequentia Serpentigena"
I. Traditor autem
II. Nequaquam morte moriemini
III. Rerum sapientia custos
IV. Amplexus placide tumulum
V. In immortalitatem litium
VI. Saevit in umbram
Peter Maxwell Davies: The Two Fiddlers: Dances (arr. V. Ceccanti for cello and piano)
The Two Fiddlers: Dances (arr. V. Ceccanti for cello and piano)
Peter Maxwell Davies: Little Tune for Vittorio in Maremma
Little Tune for Vittorio in Maremma
“The Cello Concerto, premiered in 1989, works its way inwards to a deeply expressive central Lento, beautifully played here by Vittorio Ceccanti”
4th September 2013
“The Second Concerto is especially memorable, modelled with typically Maxian harmonics in the grand tradition, and makes an ideal starting point for a journey through 'Strathclyde'...Italian cellist Vittorio Ceccanti gives a searing account on this live recording”
19th May 2013
“[Ceccanti] is superbly attuned to the idiom, handling Davies’s plainsong-derived phrases and Scotch-snap rhythms with sumptuous lyrical ease.”