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Peter Maxwell Davies

Sunday 16 April 2006 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Michael Berkeley's guest is one of the foremost composers of our time. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who was appointed Master of the Queen's Music in 2004, has an

His credits includes operas such as The Lighthouse, ballets, music-theatre works including Eight Songs for a Mad King, eight symphonies, numerous concertos, chamber music and lighter works such as the popular Orkney Wedding with Sunrise.

Sir Peter's musical choices are varied, ranging from Italian folk music and Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers, to a Bartók string quartet and a cello concerto by the young Scottish composer Sally Beamish.


1 hour


M Berkeley The Wakeful Poet (Music from Chaucer) (pub OUP)
Beaux-Arts Brass Quintet
BBQ BBQ 003 T10

Monteverdi Magnificat
(from Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine, 1610)
Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra/John Eliot Gardiner
DECCA 443 482-2 CD2 T11-13

Bach 2-part invention No 7 in E minor, BWV 778 (from Bach: Inventions and Sinfonias) Gustav Leonhardt (harpsichord)

Bartok String Quartet No 5 (II. Adagio molto) (from Bela Bartok: The 6 String Quartets)
Takacs Quartet
DECCA 455 297-2 CD1 T8

Petrassi Kyrie (from Goffredo Petrassi: Orchestral Works)
Chorus and Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale of Florence (Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino)/Arturo Tamayo

Italian folk music (from The Columbia World Library of Folk and Primitive Music: Southern Italy and the Islands, Vol XVI and Northern and Central Italy, Vol.XV)
Novena di natale (01.50), Su tenore (01.33), Ballo sardo (01.29), La partenza (02.41), Canto di nozze (01.04), Il gallo canto (01.02)
COLUMBIA MASTERWORKS KL 5174 S1 B1/4, S2 B3/34&37, KL 5173 S1 B3/12, S2 B4/33

Schola Melurgica della Badia di Grottoferrata Inno cherubico (from Schola Melurgica della Badia di Grottoferrata/Padre Lorenzo Tardo)
CETRA LPC 50133 S1 B4

Sally Beamish Cello Concerto, River (I. March Watercolour) (from Sally Beamish: Cello Concerto)
Robert Cohen (cello), Swedish CO/Ola Rudner
BIS CD 971 T2

Lesley Sarony I lift up my finger and I say "tweet tweet" (from Comic Cuts: Various Artists)
Stanley Lupino with the Gaiety Theatre Orchestra

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