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Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, February 2015

The performance [of The Beltane Fire] under the baton of the composer is excellent, and well recorded. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, January 2015

…the BBC Philharmonic under the composer takes care of the performances, and quite respectably at that.

[This] is a volume that will certainly add to your Maxwell Davies appreciation. © 2015 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

John France
MusicWeb International, January 2015

The sound quality of the disc is excellent.

This is a fine disc that presents two of Peter Maxwell Davies’ most characteristic works. It would make an ideal introduction for anyone who has yet to engage with his music. Enthusiasts will be delighted to have this album in their collection. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2015

Continuing this survey of the orchestral music of Peter Maxwell Davies, a father figure among leading British composers who has just celebrated his 80th birthday. At times a somewhat enigmatic figure who has created a very personal style of writing seemingly in the world of atonality, though he would like us to think of his works as being of a lyric inspiration. Just to add an element of confusion as to his placement in the musical orbit, he at times adopts a popular content, often using folk melody as its thematic source. All of these variables you will find in The Beltane Fire, a score originally sketched for a ballet that never came to fruition. Playing his part in musical education, Maxwell Davies left two of The Turn of the Tide’s six sections to be performed by young players performing in written or improvised music, those being omitted on this recording. That it can be played by chamber group or full orchestra, it makes no concessions for young ears, though the musical message that we are destroying planet earth contains the purity of children’s voices in the final section. Two modern visions of long past musical forms occupies the final two short tracks. With the conductor at the helm of the BBC Philharmonic in their 1990’s golden years, these are benchmark recordings, beautifully engineered… © 2015 David’s Review Corner

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