Peter Maxwell Davies: Piano Works 1949 - 2009
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)
- Piano Sonata (1981), I. Sostenuto; Allegro ma non troppo
- II. Scherzo: Vivace
- III. Larghetto
- IV. Cantabile con moto
- V. Grave
- VI. Scherzo: Allegro molto
- VII. Allegro preciso; Adagio
- Three Sanday Places (2009), I. Knowes o' Yarrow
- II. Waters of Woo
- III. Kettletoft Pier
- Five Little Pieces for Piano (1960-62/1964), I.
- Six Secret Songs (1996), I.
- Farewell to Stromness (1980)
- Yesnaby Ground (1980)
- Five Pieces for Piano, Op. 2 (1955-56), I.
- An Orkney Tune (2001)
- Snow Cloud, over Lochan (2003)
- Sub Tuam Protectionem (1969)
- Ut Re Mi (1970)
- Stevie's Ferry to Hoy (1978), I. Calm Water
- II. Choppy Seas
- III. Safe Landing
- Parade (1949), I. Green Music
- II. Blue Music
- III. Intermezzo
- IV. Red Music
- Richard Casey/Peter Maxwell Davies interview