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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.   Play with flash player I. Adagio - Allegro molto 00:18:21
2.   Play with flash player II. Black Star, Operation Black Star was how they described it 00:10:10
3.   Play with flash player III. Bella Budge presided over a diminishing republic of hens 00:07:37
4.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player Molto lento - Andante - 00:04:26
6.   Play with flash player The Runic Alphabet: Recitativo lento - 00:01:23
7.   Play with flash player Allegretto - 00:02:32
8.   Play with flash player Ingibjorg the fair widow: Andante flessibile - 00:02:06
9.   Play with flash player Allegro molto - 00:03:13
10.   Play with flash player Lothbrokar's sons: Moderato - 00:06:59
11.   Play with flash player Max the Mighty: Recitativo lento molto flessibile 00:02:06

Total Playing Time: 01:16:44






Composer(s):
Maxwell Davies, Peter

Lyricist(s):
Mackay Brown, George

Conductor(s):
Maxwell Davies, Peter

Orchestra(s):
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Artist(s):
Jones, Della; Wilson-Johnson, David

Label: Naxos

Genre: Vocal

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.572359

Barcode: 747313235971

Release Date: 09/2014

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