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MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Black Pentecost / Stone Litany (D. Jones, Wilson-Johnson, BBC Philharmonic, Maxwell Davies)


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MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Black Pentecost / Stone Litany (D. Jones, Wilson-Johnson, BBC Philharmonic, Maxwell Davies)

Both Black Pentecost and Stone Litany share a symphonic scale and an Orkney setting. Premièred by Simon Rattle in 1982, Black Pentecost is an impassioned plea against environmental destruction, taking its words from Orcadian author George Mackay Brown’s novel Greenvoe, and cast in the form of a vocal symphony. Chamber-like restraint is matched by tense, dark writing that embraces threnody and cataclysm. Beautifully orchestrated and featuring elaborate melismas from the vocal soloist, Stone Litany, subtitled ‘Runes from a House of the Dead’, evokes the haunted landscape of a Neolithic burial mound plundered by Vikings.

Maxwell Davies, Peter
Mackay Brown, George, lyricist(s)

  Black Pentecost
1.   I. Adagio - Allegro molto 00:18:21
2.   II. Black Star, Operation Black Star was how they described it 00:10:10
3.   III. Bella Budge presided over a diminishing republic of hens 00:07:37
4.   IV. It is a pity that the whole life and economy of the island… 00:17:51

Maxwell Davies, Peter

  Stone Litany: Runes from a House of the Dead
5.   Molto lento - Andante - 00:04:26
6.   The Runic Alphabet: Recitativo lento - 00:01:23
7.   Allegretto - 00:02:32
8.   Ingibjorg the fair widow: Andante flessibile - 00:02:06
9.   Allegro molto - 00:03:13
10.   Lothbrokar's sons: Moderato - 00:06:59
11.   Max the Mighty: Recitativo lento molto flessibile 00:02:06

Total Playing Time: 01:16:44

Maxwell Davies, Peter

Mackay Brown, George

Maxwell Davies, Peter

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Jones, Della; Wilson-Johnson, David

Label: Naxos

Genre: Vocal

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.572359

Barcode: 747313235971

Physical Release: 09/2014

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