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Peter Maxwell Davies: Ave Maris Stella; Image, Reflection and Shadow; Runes from a Holy Island

Peter Maxwell Davies: Ave Maris Stella; Image, Reflection and Shadow; Runes from a Holy Island

Peter Maxwell Davies: Ave Maris Stella; Image, Reflection and Shadow; Runes from a Holy IslandThe Fires of London

UKCD 2038 – 053068203821

Conceived as both a challenge and a tribute to The Fires of London, Ave Maris Stella is a rare piece of modern chamber music: music for six people working together, unconducted, on a journey that is arduous but hugely gripping for performers and audience alike. Its symphonic impetus is maintained throughout the nine varied sections and the work is notable for the inclusion of marimba whose part is as important as the other instruments. The Fires of London (1965-1987) were a crack ensemble dedicated to performing contemporary music, directed by Peter Maxwell Davies and Harrison Birtwistle.

‘Ave Maris Stella… Is one of his profoundest and luminous works… Vintage Max indeed.’
– Sunday Times
Track Listing

1. Ave Maris Stella
2-4. Image, Reflection, Shadow
5. Runes from a Holy Island

Bernard Herrmann: Clarinet Quintet - Souvenir de Voyage; Echoes Quartet

Bernard Herrmann: Clarinet Quintet – Souvenir de Voyage; Echoes Quartet

Bernard Herrmann: Clarinet Quintet - Souvenir de Voyage; Echoes QuartetRobert Hill (clarinet); Amici and Ariel Quartets

UKCD 2069 – 5060332661756

Hermann’s Clarinet Quintet and Echoes Quartet are elegiac works of immediate melodic appeal. Their romantic style is eclectic, akin to Hermann’s classical compositions for larger forces, but their lack of aggressive ‘modernity’ produces memorable twentieth-century pieces of expressive writing.

‘The Amici Quartet catches the self-gnawing nerve and sudden, macabre explosions of the work. This is music from the psychoanalyst’s couch – probing, worrying, obsessive, self-reproachful.’ Classical.net

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