PETER MAXWELL DAVIES
Strathclyde Concerto No 2 - Cello Sonata "Sequentia Serpentigena" - Naxos
Strathclyde Concerto No. 2, Cello Sonata “Sequentia Serpentigena”, The Two Fiddlers: Dances (arr. V. Ceccanti for cello and piano), Little Tune for Vittorio in Maremma
Maxwell Davies: Strathclyde Concerto No. 2
Peter Maxwell Davies, Vittorio Ceccanti
© 2013 Naxos
℗ 2013 Naxos
"This is the second disc of works focussing on Peter Maxwell Davies’ continuing artistic relationship with the Ceccanti family."
“This is the second disc of works focussing on Peter Maxwell Davies’ continuing artistic relationship with the Ceccanti family. The Second Strathclyde Concerto is notable for its eloquently expressive cello lines and the composer’s signature transparency of orchestration. The Sonata ‘Sequentia Serpentigena’, written for Vittorio, was inspired by early medieval stone carvings in Tuscany and uses Gregorian chant to bring the serpent’s symbolism of temptation and betrayal to life. The Little Tune for Vittorio is a song based on an original theme in a Scottish folk style.” (NAXOS)
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[…] The Cello Concerto, premiered in 1989, works its way inwards to a deeply expressive central Lento, beautifully played here by Vittorio Ceccanti
This is a pleasantly performed collection of cello music by one of our greatest contemporary composers…the recording is fine and Ceccanti is a sensitive player, worthy of this fine music.
The Second Concerto is […] memorable, modelled with typically Maxian harmonics in the grand tradition, and makes an ideal starting point for a journey through ‘Strathclyde’ […] Vittorio Ceccanti gives a searing account on this live recording […] Ceccanti […] and pianist Bruno Canino recreate for this recording with style and feeling.
The cello part in particular is overwhelmingly lyrical. Sound quality […] is very good.