BBC SO - Peter Maxwell Davies Studio Concert
Live from Maida Vale Studios.
Presented by Petroc Trelawny.
The BBC Symphony Orchestra celebrates Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's upcoming 80th birthday in a live concert from London's Maida Vale Studios.
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Throstle's Nest Junction (London Premiere)
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: A Spell for Green Corn - The MacDonald Dances (London Premiere)
c. 8.10pm MUSIC INTERVAL - The BBC Singers perform Maxwell Davies's choral masterpiece, Westerlings
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Worldes Blis
Chloë Hanslip, violin
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Michael Seal, conductor
A concert devoted to the music of one of the UK's most important and individual composers, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, with a programme demonstrating the breadth of his work. Two works from the 1990s make up the first part of the concert, starting with the tone poem Throstle's Nest Junction, described as a memento of a Lancashire childhood. This is followed by A Spell for Green Corn, with soloist Chloë Hanslip, inspired by an ancient Orkney rite of blessing crops. The concert's finale is his monumental masterwork Worldes Blis, a piece which Davies himself conducted for the notorious world premiere with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1969.