Music Theatre Wales, Scottish Opera Ensemble, Michael Rafferty (conductor)
DKPCD 9100 – 053068910026
The chamber opera, The Martyrdom of St. Magnus, is one of the finest of Maxwell Davies’ Orkney-inspired pieces. The Unicorn performance presented here is the only available recording.
‘it grips from the very first moment, an unaccompanied vocal line emerging from silence and apparent darkness, and doesn’t let go for the whole of the opera’s 72-minute span… The performance is a fine one, splendidly paced and of powerful impetus; the recording is extremely clear, yet spacious and very atmospheric.’ Gramophone
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