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BBC Music Magazine, November 2013

The Cello Concerto, premiered in 1989, works its way inwards to a deeply expressive central Lento, beautifully played here by Vittorio Ceccanti © BBC Music Magazine

Ronald E. Grames
Fanfare, November 2013

The composer’s many admirers will want this release for the alternative view of the Concerto, as well as for the well-engineered world premiere recordings of the other works. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

MusicWeb International, September 2013

The Second Concerto is…memorable, modelled with typically Maxian harmonics in the grand tradition, and makes an ideal starting point for a journey through ‘Strathclyde’…Vittorio Ceccanti gives a searing account on this live recording…

Ceccanti…and pianist Bruno Canino recreate their 2008 premiere performance [of the Cello Sonata] for this recording with style and feeling. The cello part in particular is overwhelmingly lyrical.

Sound quality…is very good. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David W Moore
American Record Guide, September 2013

This is a pleasantly performed collection of cello music by one of our greatest contemporary composers…the recording is fine and Ceccanti is a sensitive player, worthy of this fine music. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2013

Peter Maxwell Davies has composed ten Strathclyde Concertos, Strathclyde being a region of Scotland that commissioned each work featuring a different instrument. The Second, scored for cello and chamber orchestra, was completed in 1987, and is a substantial three movement piece extending well over half and hour. The composer would describe it as tonal music, but it veers towards atonality and is shaped in an abstract form…As a virtuoso work for the soloist, it is derived from the style of late 19th century concertos, while the orchestral writing has more strength than its ‘chamber’ connotation. Often highly charged, and with an intensive cadenza in the opening Moderato, the central movement’s ruminative mood lowers the work’s temperature. It is here played by the Italian cellist and conductor, Vittorio Ceccanti, a personal friend of Maxwell Davies, and for whom he wrote the Sonata, Sequentia Serpentigena. Returning to his religious influences with the use of plainsong, it is in six sections, all, with the exception of the seventh, being of short duration. It was first performed, as on this disc, by Ceccanti and the famous pianist, Bruno Canino. From the children’s opera, The Two Fiddlers, we have folk-dances with Scottish inspiration. Originally for violin and piano, they are transcribed for cello and piano by Ceccanti. Light and immediately attractive, they show the composer in his ‘commercial’ mode, the disc ending with a piece lasting around one minute and written in five minutes for Ceccanti during a party hosted by the composer five years ago. The concerto comes from a public broadcast concert in 2006 with Maxwell Davies conducting, while the remaining items were recorded last year. Their bench-mark status is obvious, and the sound quality is first class. © David’s Review Corner

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