Maxwell Davies: Strathclyde Concerto No. 2

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Maxwell Davies: Strathclyde Concerto No. 2



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2nd April 2013




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Maxwell Davies: Strathclyde Concerto No. 2

Davies, Peter Maxwell:

Strathclyde Concerto No. 2

Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Peter Maxwell Davies

Cello Sonata ‘Sequentia Serpentigena’

with Bruno Canino (piano)

Dances from 'The Two Fiddlers'

World Première Recording

with Bruno Canino (piano)

Little Tune for Vittorio in Maremma

World Première Recording

Vittorio Ceccanti (cello)


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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

I. Moderato

II. Lento

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

Sunday Times

19th May 2013

“[Ceccanti] is superbly attuned to the idiom, handling Davies’s plainsong-derived phrases and Scotch-snap rhythms with sumptuous lyrical ease.”

MusicWeb International

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”

BBC Music Magazine

November 2013


“The Cello Concerto, premiered in 1989, works its way inwards to a deeply expressive central Lento, beautifully played here by Vittorio Ceccanti”

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