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Ronald E. Grames
Fanfare, July 2015

…all of the [works are] brilliantly performed by the BBC Philharmonic. For the listener who does not know Maxwell Davies’s music, this could be an excellent place to start. And for us older collectors? Ah well, we really wanted all of these recordings anyway. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, June 2015

The BBC Philharmonic play well under the composer in music that I have returned to on numerous occasions the last twenty years.

Excellent recording and generous playing time make this a very attractive buy for lovers of moderately modern music. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Stephen Estep
American Record Guide, May 2015

The performances are all good… © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Stephen Barber
MusicWeb International, March 2015

The two suites are very varied and make an attractive programme. They are perhaps not quite first rate Maxwell Davies but he sets a high standard and they are enjoyable in their own terms. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, March 2015

Peter Maxwell-Davies’s concert suites from his ballet Caroline Mathilde show a basically neo-classical music composed with great imagination and containing often unexpected turbulences. © 2015 Pizzicato

David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2015

The ballet, Caroline Mathilde, is one of Peter Maxwell Davies’s most readily attractive scores from which he later drew two very extended concert suites. Relating the sad story of the marriage between Caroline and the Danish king, Christian VII, and her fall from grace and her eventual banishment, it is a highly charged and dramatic score that could well have attracted Prokofiev. Mixing modern sounds with a hint of period music from her time, and a lyricism that expressed her beauty and serenity, it finds Davies in his most colourful and outgoing mood through the eleven dances. The ballet was first performed in 1991, only months before this ‘live’ recording of the First Suite—drawn from the first act, at the Cheltenham Festival conducted by the composer. For the orchestra both are extremely challenging for all departments, the BBC Philharmonic brass and percussion superb in the climatic moments, the cello solos being particularly outstanding. Lasting for well over the hour, it just leaves space for two short character pieces, Chat Moss, a picture of a piece of marsh land when he lived and worked in north west England; the Ojai Festival Overture a picture-postcard score of a place in California. Throughout the BBC Philharmonic are in their finest form, the second Caroline Mathilde suite being recorded in their Manchester studio where the acoustic is very different to Cheltenham, but both are outstanding. Those wanting an entry point to Davies’s musical world could well start here. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

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