Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Peter Maxwell Davies (conductor), Neil Mackie (tenor)
UKCD 2022 – 0053068202220
Into the Labyrinth is a cantata for tenor and chamber orchestra, with words from ‘The Well’ by George Mackay Brown, and the centre-piece of a chamber orchestra trilogy (the other works being Sinfonia Concertante and Sinfonietta Accademica). This Unicorn reissue is the only recording currently available. The symphonic song-cycle in five continuous movements ponders the influence of modern times on ancient ways of life.
‘The fine Scottish tenor, Neil Mackie, gives a superb performance, confirming this as one of Maxwell Davies’s most beautiful and moving inspirations… Strong intense performances under the composer, helped by a first-rate recording.’ Penguin Guide to Compact Discs
1-4 Into the Labyrinth
Neil Mackie/ SCO
5-7 Sinfonietta Accademica