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Maxwell Davies: Symphony No 1, Mavis In Las Vegas / Maxwell Davies, Bbc Philharmonic

Davies / Bbc Philharmonic / Davies
Release Date: 03/27/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572348   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 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Mavis in Las Vegas is a much later work (1995), written to commemorate a humorous situation. Staying in that city while he and Yan Pascal Tortelier were touring the U.S. with the BBC Philharmonic, he received a call at his hotel, at the arranged time of 9 a.m. Las Vegas time, from a British correspondent. The correspondent could not get the desk clerk to locate Maxwell Davies in the hotel, under any permutation of his name, so he was transferred to the larger Hilton hotel in that city. They couldn’t find him, either. Eventually, it turned out that the desk clerk, not understanding the composer’s British accent, had booked him under the name of Mavis rather than Davies. The music is in Maxwell Davies’s later, more tonal style, and is Read more replete with American pop and movie music references. The composer, playing a mental game of transference, explains that he imagined Mavis as “all outrageous flounces and hip-jerks, her generous ball gown streaming, descending a magnificent (pink!) curved staircase into the gambling area.” But of course Mavis has much more mischief on her mind; she visits an Elvis shrine, then Caesar’s Palace, “where a huge central fountain … boasts not only magnificent water displays but moving Classical statues which intone platitudes with Shakespearean accents.” All of this is neatly and quite comically captured in the score, certainly one of the most delightful that Maxwell Davies has ever written, which is a somewhat disguised theme and variations. And needless to say, with the composer conducting, it is a delightful performance....Mavis is a gem, and I wouldn’t want to be without it...

FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 by Peter Maxwell Davies
Conductor:  Peter Maxwell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1994 
2.
Mavis in Las Vegas by Peter Maxwell Davies
Conductor:  Peter Maxwell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; USA 
Date of Recording: 7/10/1997 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1: I. Presto
Symphony No. 1: II. Lento - Allegro
Symphony No. 1: III. Adagio
Symphony No. 1: IV. Presto
Mavis in Las Vegas

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