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Peter Maxwell Davies on Some of his Recent Work’, The Listener, 81 (23 January 1969), 121. ‘Composer’s Forum’, Musical Events, 24 (January 1969), 23–4. Max Speaks: A Recorded Interview’, Peter Maxwell Davies, A Portrait: His Works, His Life, His Words (Naxos, . 58191–92, 2006), CD 2. ‘Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in conversation with Paul Driver ’, Peter Maxwell Davies: Mr Emmet Takes a Walk, Psappha, cond.

Composed By – Peter Maxwell Davies. Design, Layout – Hannah Davies.

Peter Maxwell Davies conducting the Welsh soprano Mary Thomas in a rehearsal of his experimental piece Revelation and Fall in 1968 Photograph: Erich Auerbach/Getty Images. He was born into a modest household in Salford, Greater Manchester, to Hilda and Tom Davies. His father was a foreman in an optical instruments factory. Peter soon showed an aptitude for music, and devoured the contents of the Henry Watson music library, picking out complicated scores at the piano. He was also composing little pieces by the dozen.

Since his move to Orkney, Peter Maxwell Davies often drew on Orcadian or more generally Scottish themes in his music, and sometimes set the words of Orcadian writer George Mackay Brown. He wrote a number of other operas, including The Martyrdom of St Magnus (1976), The Lighthouse (1980, his most popular opera), and The Doctor of Myddfai (1996). The ambitious, nihilistic parable Resurrection (1987), which includes parts for a rock band, was nearly twenty years in gestation. Peter Maxwell Davies also became interested in classical forms, completing his first symphony in 1976.

His compositions include eight works for the stage, from the monodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King, which shocked the audience in 1969, to Kommilitonen!, first performed in 2011. Davies was openly homosexual. In 2007, a controversy arose regarding his intended civil partnership when he was told that the ceremony could not take place on the Sanday Light Railway. He later abandoned his plans He was known informally as "Max", after his middle name "Maxwell". The last months of his life, as he struggled with terminal illness, showed continuing creative power and energy. There was The Hogboon (op. 335, a children's opera), the epiphany carol A Torrent of Gold, and the short choral work The Golden Solstice.

For much of his life he lived in the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland, where he wrote most of his music. Many of Maxwell Davies’ works have been recorded over the years, and in 2012 Naxos launched a major re-release of a nineteen-disc series of recordings including a number of significant works such as the symphonies, The Lighthouse, An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise and the Strathclyde concerti. Maxwell Davies was appointed Master of the Queen's Music from 2004-2014, in which role he sought to raise the profile of music in Great Britain, as well as writing many works for Her Majesty the Queen and for royal occasions

He was known for his modern and avant-garde works, but his most famous piece was a simple, haunting lament for solo piano - Farewell To Stromness. He was, right to the end, a pioneer," Stephen Lumsden, Managing Director of music agency Intermusica, said. The Salford-born musician, who had leukaemia, died at home in Orkney. Media playback is unsupported on your device. Media captionWill Gompertz looks back at the life of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Obituary: Peter Maxwell Davies.

The words are based on the insane rantings of King George III of England in his porphyria-induced madness. The work was premiered by Roy Hart in April 1969. Eight Songs for a Mad King Q&A. Writers Peter Maxwell Davies & Randolph Stow. More Peter Maxwell Davies albums.

In 2004 he was made Master of the Queen's Music . Peter Maxwell Davies. Early life and education. His compositions include eight works for the stage, from the monodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King, which shocked the audience in 1969, to Kommilitonen!, first performed in 2011. He wrote ten symphonies, the first from 1973–76, the tenth ("Alla ricerca di Borromini") in 2013. As a conductor, he was Artistic Director of the Dartington International Summer School from 1979 to 1984.

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1-1 Trumpet Sonata: Allegro Moderato
Piano – Juliet Edwards Trumpet – Paul Archibald
1:45
O Magnum Mysterium
Choir – The SixteenConductor – Harry Christophers
1-2 Carol: O Magnum Mysterium 1:29
1-3 Carol: Alleluia, Pro Virgine Maria 2:21
Purcell: Fantasia And Two Pavans
Conductor – Peter Maxwell DaviesEnsemble – The Fires Of London*
1-4 Pavan In A 2:14
1-5 Pavan In B Flat 1:52
1-6 Eight Songs For A Mad King: First Song
Baritone Vocals – Julius EastmanConductor – Peter Maxwell DaviesEnsemble – The Fires Of London*
5:23
1-7 Worldes Blis (Conclusion): Lento
Conductor – Peter Maxwell DaviesOrchestra – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*
7:21
1-8 All Sons Of Adam
Conductor – Peter Maxwell DaviesEnsemble – The Fires Of London*
3:29
1-9 Stone Litany (Conclusion): Movement 6 Leading Into Movement 7
Conductor – Peter Maxwell DaviesMezzo-soprano Vocals – Della JonesOrchestra – BBC Philharmonic Orchestra*
5:24
1-10 The Martyrdom Of St Magnus: Scene 8: The Sacrifice
Conductor – Michael RaffertyEnsemble – Music Theatre Wales*, Scottish Chamber Opera EnsembleVocals – Christopher Gillett, Kelvin Thomas
7:58
1-11 Image, Reflection, Shadow: Movement 2: Allegro
Cimbalom – Gregory KnowlesEnsemble [Unconducted] – The Fires Of London*
8:16
Seven Songs Home
Choir – The Choir Of St Mary's School, EdinburghConductor – Peter Maxwell Davies
1-12 No. 2: At The Shore 2:55
1-13 No. 7: Home 1:39
1-14 Strathclyde Concerto No. 4 For Clarinet And Orchestra: Cadenza Leading Into Adagio
Clarinet – Lewis MorrisonConductor – Peter Maxwell DaviesEnsemble – Scottish Chamber Orchestra
6:39
Cross Lane Fair
Conductor – Peter Maxwell DaviesNorthumbrian Pipes – Mark Jordan Orchestra – BBC Philharmonic Orchestra*
1-15 1. Introduction 2:07
1-16 2. Fairground 1:03
1-17 3. Ghost Train 1:59
1-18 Symphony No. 6: Movement 3: Adagio
Conductor – Peter Maxwell DaviesOrchestra – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*
13:21
2-1 The Doctor Of Myddfai: Act I, Scene I: The Child's Bedroom
Chorus – Chorus Of The Welsh National Opera*Conductor – Richard Armstrong Orchestra – Orchestra Of The Welsh National Opera*Vocals – Lisa Tyrrell, Paul Whelan
15:06
2-2 Mass: Gloria
Choir – Choir Of Westminster Cathedral*Conductor – Martin Baker Organ – Robert Houssart, Robert Quinney
8:12
2-3 De Assumtione Beatae Mariae Virginis: Opening
Conductor – Oliver KnussenOrchestra – London Sinfonietta
8:11
2-4 Commemoration Sixty: Movement 5: Largo
Choir – London Symphony Chorus, Boys Choir Of The St. Paul's Cathedral*, Boys Choir Of The Chapel Royal, St James's Palace*, Boys Choir Of The Chapel Royal, Hampton Court*, Boys Choir Of St George's Chapel, Windsor*, Boys Of The Choir Of Westminster Abbey*, Boys Of The Choir Of Westminster Cathedral*Ensemble – Ceremonial Trumpeters Of The Royal Military School Of Music*Orchestra – Central Band Of The Royal British Legion*, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*
6:46
2-5 Naxos Quartet No. 6: Movement I: Allegro
Ensemble – Maggini Quartet*
6:17
Highlights From Max Speaks: A Recorded Interview
2-6 "I Think My First Musical Memories..." 7:53
2-7 "I Think I've Always Read..." 5:22
2-8 "I Went To Orkney First In 1970..." 6:49
2-9 "The Ten Naxos Quartets..." 6:31
CD-ROM Max Speaks: A Recorded Interview [mp3-File, 46,48 MB] 136:01

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  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Naxos Rights International Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – Naxos Rights International Ltd.
  • Made By – Sonopress Arvato

Credits

  • Booklet Editor – Ingalo Thomson
  • Composed By – Peter Maxwell Davies
  • Design, Layout – Hannah Davies
  • Edited By – Sarah Butcher
  • Edited By [Max Speaks] – Daniel King*
  • Engineer [Max Speaks] – Norman Goodman
  • Liner Notes – Roderic Dunnett
  • Photography By [Cover] – John Batten
  • Producer [Max Speaks] – Genevieve Helsby

Notes

Cardboard slipcase holding a standard thick double Jewel Case and a 114-p. booklet with tracklist and biographical essay in English
Runtime CD1 TT: 79:21, CD2 TT: 71:30, Total time: 2:29:57

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 636943819128
  • Label Code: LC 05537
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Other (Cat-no. Disc 1): 8.558191
  • Other (Cat-no. Disc 2): 8.558192