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MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Beltane Fire (The) / The Turn of the Tide / Sir Charles his Pavan (BBC Philharmonic, Maxwell Davies)

    

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MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Beltane Fire (The) / The Turn of the Tide / Sir Charles his Pavan (BBC Philharmonic, Maxwell Davies)

The works on this recording embrace a varied miscellany of Peter Maxwell Davies’ orchestral output from the early 1990s. The ‘choreographic poem’ The Beltane Fire pits the sternness of the Reformation clergy against the pagan traditions of the Orkney Islands. Concerned with environmental pollution, The Turn of the Tide ultimately reaches “a triumphant dance of all creation”, while the Threnody and Pavan are poignant memorial tributes for significant figures in the composer’s life.


Maxwell Davies, Peter

  The Beltane Fire
1.   Scene 1: In the Barn of the Bu 00:06:42
2.   Interlude I 00:02:10
3.   Scene 2: A Field 00:09:12
4.   Interlude II 00:02:11
5.   Scene 3: The Kirk 00:04:10
6.   Scene 4: The Field 00:04:37
7.   Scene 5: The Beltane Fire 00:08:54

Maxwell Davies, Peter
Maxwell Davies, Peter, lyricist(s)

  The Turn of the Tide
8.   Section I: I. The creation of underwater plants - 00:02:38
9.   Section I: II. The creation of plants on land - 00:00:55
10.   Section I: III. The creation of the first sea creatures - 00:01:20
11.   Section I: IV. The creation of birds - 00:01:08
12.   Section I: V. Mammals, and first people 00:02:51
13.   Section II: I. The underwater plants flourish - 00:00:36
14.   Section II: II. The trees flourish - 00:00:50
15.   Section II: III. The prosperity of fish - 00:01:11
16.   Section II: IV. Bird migration - 00:00:38
17.   Section II: V. Instinct and intellect in mammals and mankind 00:00:40
18.   Section V: I. The sea plants are poisoned - 00:00:54
19.   Section V: II. The trees are suffocated - 00:00:17
20.   Section V: III. The fish are deformed and cannot function - 00:00:16
21.   Section V: IV. The birds fall from the sky - 00:00:34
22.   Section V: V. Hubris triumphant - 00:00:24
23.   Section VI: The warning is heeded - Nature reborn - The decline is reversed 00:09:23

Maxwell Davies, Peter

  Sunday Morning
24.   Sunday Morning 00:02:07
  Threnody on a Plainsong for Michael Vyner
25.   Threnody on a Plainsong for Michael Vyner 00:03:29
  Sir Charles his Pavan
26.   Sir Charles his Pavan 00:04:43

Total Playing Time: 01:12:50






Composer(s):
Maxwell Davies, Peter

Lyricist(s):
Maxwell Davies, Peter

Conductor(s):
Maxwell Davies, Peter

Orchestra(s):
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Choir(s):
Manchester Cathedral Choir; Manchester Cathedral Voluntary Choir, boys; Manchester Grammar School Boys' Choir

Label: Naxos

Genre: Orchestral

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.572362

Barcode: 747313236275

Physical Release: 12/2014

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