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MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Symphony No. 3 / Cross Lane Fair (BBC Philharmonic, Maxwell Davies)

Composer(s):Maxwell Davies, Peter
Artist(s)
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.572350
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 6.99
 

 


Peter Maxwell Davies’s Symphony No 3 is the product of symmetry and proportion based on the principles of Renaissance architecture. It is also a dynamic and thrilling seascape, one that both invokes medieval chant and summons up the violent buffeting of the waves, and the stirring cliff-face full of nesting birds. The dual inspirations of proportion and the natural world are seamlessly coalesced, and the Symphony teems with evocative sounds and brooding passages both expansive and time-defying in their beauty. Cross Lane Fair is a lighter work, scored for Northumbrian pipes, bodhran (an Irish drum) and chamber orchestra, inspired by the memories of a fairground that Maxwell Davies visited as a child.


   




Review By Daniel Coombs,Audiophile Audition,October 2012

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has been an important figure—maybe the most important—in post second world war English music for several decades.

His music has always been highly creative…These two pieces illustrate Davies’ bold and picturesque vision perfectly. The Symphony No. 3…is a dense, complex, structurally unique and brilliant work. I enjoy all of Sir Peter’s symphonies but this one is one of my favorites.

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Review By Massimo Viazzo,Musica,


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Review By John J. Puccio ,Classical Candor,September 2012

[Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has] written nine symphonies so far, and this third one is among the best. It’s good to have the composer’s own recording of it back in circulation from Naxos.

The Symphony No. 3 is big work…There are some wonderfully evocative feelings and moods expressed in the symphony…this is a fascinating piece of music…

The brief, quarter-hour accompanying work is a lighter piece called Cross Lane Fair…it’s a genuine tone poem that evokes the sights and sounds of a fair the composer recalls from his childhood. Using pipes and bodhran (an Irish frame drum) as soloists with the orchestra, it’s quite a lot of fun.

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Review By Infodad.com,July 2012

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Third Symphony and Cross Lane Fair were originally recorded in 1994-95 and released by Collins Classics.  The symphony, written in 1983, harks back to architectural principles of the Renaissance in its construction, but listeners will more likely hear in it the influence of Ralph Vaughan Williams: it combines a tonal painting of the sea with reproductions of birdsong and an overall contrast between the forces of Nature and the attempt by humans to impose order on them through careful proportion and elegant design…the symphony produces an overall impression of expansiveness and time stretching toward infinity, with prominent Lento and Adagio passages in its very lengthy first and fourth movements—each of which is

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Review By Infodad.com,July 2012

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Third Symphony and Cross Lane Fair were originally recorded in 1994-95 and released by Collins Classics.  The symphony, written in 1983, harks back to architectural principles of the Renaissance in its construction, but listeners will more likely hear in it the influence of Ralph Vaughan Williams: it combines a tonal painting of the sea with reproductions of birdsong and an overall contrast between the forces of Nature and the attempt by humans to impose order on them through careful proportion and elegant design…the symphony produces an overall impression of expansiveness and time stretching toward infinity, with prominent Lento and Adagio passages in its very lengthy first and fourth movements—each of which is

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