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Universally acknowledged as one of the foremost composers of our time, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has made a significant contribution to musical history through his wideranging and prolific output. He lives in the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland, where he writes most of his music. In a work list spanning 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 works or witty light orchestral works. Maxwell Davies’ major dramatic works include two full-length ballets, music-theatre works Eight Songs for a Mad King and Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot, and operas including Resurrection, The Lighthouse, The Doctor of Myddfai, Taverner and Kommilitonen! (Young Blood!). His huge output of orchestral work comprises numerous symphonies and concerti, and light orchestral works such as An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise and Mavis in Las Vegas (8.572348). His substantial chamber and instrumental catalogue includes the landmark cycle of ten string quartets, the Naxos Quartets (8.505225), described in the Financial Times as “one of the most impressive musical statements of our time”. Maxwell Davies has held the position of composer/conductor with both the Royal Philharmonic and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras. He has guest-conducted orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Russian National Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestra. He retains close links with the St Magnus Festival, Orkney’s annual arts festival which he founded in 1977, is composer laureate of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and is visiting professor at London’s Royal Academy of Music and Christchurch University Canterbury. Maxwell Davies was knighted in 1987 and appointed Master of the Queen’s Music in 2004, in which rôle he seeks to raise the profile of music in Great Britain, as well as writing many works for Her Majesty the Queen and for royal occasions.

For more information, please visit www.maxopus.com and intermusica.co.uk/maxwelldavies/composer.

On Wings of Song: Peter Maxwell Davies talks to Jeremy Siepmann

With kind permission of Sandy Burnett and Intermusica.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
MAXWELL DAVIES Naxos Quartets Nos 1-10 Naxos 8.505225

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MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Lighthouse (The) [Chamber Opera] (Neil Mackie, Keyte, Comboy, Members of BBC Philharmonic, Maxwell Davies) Naxos
MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Piano Concerto / Worldes Blis (Stott, Royal Philharmonic, Maxwell Davies) Naxos
Orchestral, Concertos
MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Strathclyde Concerto No. 2 / Cello Sonata (Ceccanti, Canino, Italian Radio Symphony, Maxwell Davies) Naxos
MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Strathclyde Concertos Nos. 3 and 4 (R. Cook, Franks, Morrison, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Maxwell Davies) Naxos
MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Strathclyde Concertos Nos. 5 and 6 (Clark, Marwood, Nicholson, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Maxwell Davies) Naxos
MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Strathclyde Concertos Nos. 7 and 8 / A Spell for Green Corn (McTier, Leveaux, Clark, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Maxwell Davies) Naxos
Concertos, Orchestral
MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Strathclyde Concertos Nos. 9 and 10 / Carolísima (Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Maxwell Davies) Naxos
Concertos, Orchestral
MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 (Maxwell Davies) Naxos
MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Symphony No. 1 / Mavis in Las Vegas (BBC Philharmonic, Maxwell Davies) Naxos
MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Symphony No. 2 / St. Thomas Wake (BBC Philharmonic, Maxwell Davies) Naxos
MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Symphony No. 3 / Cross Lane Fair (BBC Philharmonic, Maxwell Davies) Naxos
Orchestral, Concertos
MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Symphony No. 6 / Time and the Raven / An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise (Royal Philharmonic, Maxwell Davies) Naxos
Orchestral, Concertos
MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Trumpet Concerto / Piccolo Concerto / 5 Klee Pictures (Wallace, McIlwham, Maxwell Davies) Naxos
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
MAXWELL DAVIES: Peter Maxwell Davies - A Portrait (DUNNETT) Naxos Educational
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