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Peter Maxwell Davies: Piano Works 1949 - 2009

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Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
2
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Available
Release Date:
15-07-2013
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7395748017278
Packaging:
Brilliant Case (Jewel Case size, Holds 2 CDs)
Catalog Number:
PFCD017018
Peter Maxwell Davies: Piano Works 1949 - 2009
Peter Maxwell Davies: Piano Works 1949 - 2009

Description

Richard Casey performs virtually the entire solo piano repertoire of Peter Maxwell Davies, ranging over six decades, several of the compositions in world premiere recordings. The composer himself has described Richard Casey's performances of this music as "magnificent". The virtuosic Piano Sonata of 1981 is easily the most significant work, lasting some 30 minutes, while many of the short pieces were written for children.

The collection includes premiere recordings of pieces such as the early "Parade", written as a 15-year-old, "Sub Tuam Protectioinem", and "Ut Re Mi", and many of the works are heard in definitive versions endorsed by Peter Maxwell Davies. The 2-CD set ends with a substantial discussion between Richard Casey and the composer.

One of the foremost composers of our time, Master of the Queen's Music Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has made a significant contribution to musical history through his wide-ranging and prolific output. He lives in the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland, where he writes most of his music. In a worklist that spans more than five decades, he has written across a broad range of styles, yet his music always communicates directly and powerfully, whether in his profoundly argued symphonic works, his music-theatre or witty light orchestral works.

Personnel: Richard Casey (piano)

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. Piano Sonata (1981), I. Sostenuto; Allegro ma non troppo
  3. II. Scherzo: Vivace
  4. III. Larghetto
  5. IV. Cantabile con moto
  6. V. Grave
  7. VI. Scherzo: Allegro molto
  8. VII. Allegro preciso; Adagio
  9. Three Sanday Places (2009), I. Knowes o' Yarrow
  10. II. Waters of Woo
  11. III. Kettletoft Pier
  12. Five Little Pieces for Piano (1960-62/1964), I.
  13. II.
  14. III.
  15. IV.
  16. V.
  17. Six Secret Songs (1996), I.
  18. II.
  19. III.
  20. IV.
  21. V.
  22. VI.
  23. Farewell to Stromness (1980)
  24. Yesnaby Ground (1980)
  25. Five Pieces for Piano, Op. 2 (1955-56), I.
  26. II.
  27. III.
  28. IV.
  29. V.
  30. An Orkney Tune (2001)
  31. Snow Cloud, over Lochan (2003)
  32. Sub Tuam Protectionem (1969)
  33. Ut Re Mi (1970)
  34. Stevie's Ferry to Hoy (1978), I. Calm Water
  35. II. Choppy Seas
  36. III. Safe Landing
  37. Parade (1949), I. Green Music
  38. II. Blue Music
  39. III. Intermezzo
  40. IV. Red Music
  41. Richard Casey/Peter Maxwell Davies interview
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