Mary Thomas, Julius Eastman, The Fires of London, Peter Maxwell Davies
DKPCD 9052 – 053068905220
In repertoire terms, this Unicorn record is an unrivalled release. Peter Maxwell Davies’ exploration of extreme mental states finds the Fires of London and Mary Thomas in fine form. A true testimony to the late composer’s art.
‘The Eight Songs are 18-years old now, and the Maggot is 13, but their shock-value has not yet worn off……. The performances are astonishingly accomplished (and the earlier of the two pieces is as much a pretext for astonishing performance as anything else)…. The Fires of London, in both their 1970 and 1984 line-ups, play with extraordinary pungency and precision, and both recordings have an alarming immediacy.’ Gramophone
- Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot
- Eight Songs for a Mad King