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Maxwell Davies & Panufnik: Tenth Symphonies [download]

  • Catalogue Number LSO0767
    UPC 822231176725

    Producer James Mallinson
    Classic Sound Ltd engineering, editing, mixing & mastering

    Recorded live in DSD at the Barbican
    Maxwell Davies Symphony No 10 recorded February 2014.
    Panufnik Symphony No 10 recorded October 2014

    Release date: 28th August 2015
    Total duration: 57 minutes 52 seconds

  • Album of the Week ‘It’s the brilliance of the writing (Maxwell Davies Symphony No 10) that keeps the ear engaged… In [Panufnik's] tenth and last symphony, past and future collide in a surreal catharsis of serene beauty and austere geometry. It must be heard twice to be believed. The London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus put body and soul into these performances, conducted with tremendous verve and conviction by Antonio Pappano… Both warrant serious attention.’ Sinfini

    ***** ‘The performances here sound extremely well. There’s no question that Pappano has the necessary conviction to conduct both of the symphonies which are appealingly played by the London Symphony Orchestra.’ Pizzicato

    ****1/2 Performance **** Sonics (Multichannel)
    ‘Sir Antonio Pappano and his committed forces give what must surely be regarded as a definitive performance of this complex work [Maxwell Davies Symphony No 10]… Pappano's incisive conducting is impressive while the LSO certainly provide the virtuosity demanded by Panufnik in this bracing piece. Both works can be recommended for adventurous collectors.’

    **** ‘[Maxwell Davies’s] subsequent recovery, much like the work itself, is especially welcome, especially in as persuasive a performance as the premiere under Pappano’s energising baton. Vocal writing is punchy and effective, whatever its challenges met with gusto by soloist and chorus… Good sound.’ Classical Music Magazine

    ‘This is a well-prepared and satisfying performance and remarkably accurate for such a complex work… The chorus and orchestra are quite brilliant… We should be grateful to the sponsors and to the LSO for making these performances available and hope there will be many more.’ MusicWeb International

    ‘It’s a big, deeply reflective statement... Pappano, the baritone Markus Butter and the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform it brilliantly.’ Sunday Times

    ‘What a moving birthday tribute it is, it could so easily have been Max’s Requiem.’ BBC Radio 3 CD Review

    ‘His orchestral resources are large, and he explores an accordingly rich spectrum of sonorities. In place of Mahler’s breast-beating and death throes, we have a richly sonorous account of death that seems to reflect Borromini’s own dispassionate effort to find words to document his own experience.’ The Examiner


Sir Antonio Pappano, London Symphony Orchestra

LSO Live presents the world premiere recording of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies architectural Tenth Symphony, alongside Sir Andrzej Panufnik’s Symphony No 10. This release showcases two of the twentieth century’s most iconic symphonic composers, paired together here by their tenth symphonies.

Composers   Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir Andrzej Panufnik
Conductor   Sir Antonio Pappano
Performers   London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Soloist   Markus Butter

Track list
1. Maxwell Davies: Symphony No 10, 'Alla ricerca di Borromini': I. Adagio
2. Maxwell Davies: Symphony No 10, 'Alla ricerca di Borromini': II. Allegro
3. Maxwell Davies: Symphony No 10, 'Alla ricerca di Borromini': III. Presto
4. Maxwell Davies: Symphony No 10, 'Alla ricerca di Borromini': IV. Adagio
5. Panufnik: Symphony No 10

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