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Maxwell Davies: Symphony No 2, St. Thomas Wake / Maxwell Davies, Bbc Philharmonic

Maxwell Davies / Bbc Philharmonic / Davies
Release Date: 05/29/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572349   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Maxwell Davies
Conductor:  Peter Maxwell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Second Symphony is his ‘Sea Symphony’, a complex, virtuosic work that explores in absorbing, increasingly dynamic fashion, the ocean’s proximity and what the composer calls ‘the architecture of its forms’. Both themes and orchestration are masterly. The percussion section is richly voiced, adding considerably to the symphony’s very particular, rugged and varied sound world. St Thomas Wake, by contrast, is a disquieting but bravura exercise in parody, evoking memories of the composer’s experiences during the Second World War. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Second Symphony is his ‘Sea Symphony’, a complex, virtuosic work that explores in absorbing, increasingly dynamic fashion, the ocean’s proximity and what the composer calls ‘the architecture of its forms’. Both themes and orchestration are masterly. The percussion section is richly voiced, adding considerably to the symphony’s very particular, rugged and varied sound world. St Thomas Wake, by contrast, is a disquieting but bravura exercise in parody, evoking memories of the composer’s experiences during the Second World War. Read less

Works on This Recording

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St. Thomas Wake by Peter Maxwell Davies
Conductor:  Peter Maxwell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; England 
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Symphony no 2 by Peter Maxwell Davies

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 2: I. Allegro molto - Allegro
Symphony No. 2: II. Adagio
Symphony No. 2: III. Allegro molto, leggiero
Symphony No. 2: IV. Adagio, flessible - Poco piu mosso - Piu mosso - Moderato - Allegro
St. Thomas Wake

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