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Maxwell Davies: Symphony No 10 [download]

  • Catalogue Number LSO0267
    UPC 822231126720

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

    Recorded live at the Barbican, Sunday 2nd February 2014

    2.0 Stereo
    Total playing time 45m (approx)

  • Winner: South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2015 - Classical

    Concert Reviews

    **** ‘Maxwell Davies’s Tenth Symphony, premiered here, is put together with an unfailingly sure touch, and was beautifully and precisely presented by Pappano and the LSO.’ The Guardian

    **** ‘Emotionally direct one minute, bafflingly enigmatic the next, this majestic curiosity summons a chorus and solo baritone for 45 minute’s contemplation of the life and grisly suicide of the Italian baroque architect Francesco Borromini.’ The Times

    **** ‘A new symphony from Peter Maxwell Davies is bleak yet invigorating.’ The Telegraph

    **** ‘In music that is neither ancient nor modern, the symphony unfolds at a steady pace, incrementally building a carefully controlled tension so that the closing moments feel like a genuine release. The audience, liberally sprinkled with composers, responded with warm enthusiasm.’ Evening Standard

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Sir Antonio Pappano, London Symphony Orchestra


Released in the year of his 80th birthday, LSO Live presents the world premiere recording of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s architectural Tenth Symphony. It also marks the debuts of Sir Antonio Pappano and Austrian bass-baritone Markus Butter on the label.

Universally acknowledged as one of the foremost composers of our time, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has made a significant contribution to musical history through his wide-ranging and prolific output. Commissioned by the LSO, and described by the composer as “the wildest music I’ve ever written”, Symphony No 10 tells the story of the 17th Century Roman architect Borromini, who suffered much criticism for his idiosyncratic buildings and tragically committed suicide. An important influence on Maxwell Davies’s life, Borromini’s architectural and mathematical principles permeate throughout the symphony, a work that speaks of creativity, life, death and renewal.


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

Track list
1. Symphony No 10, 'Alla ricerca di Borromini': I. Adagio
2. Symphony No 10, 'Alla ricerca di Borromini': II. Allegro
3. Symphony No 10, 'Alla ricerca di Borromini': III. Presto
4. Symphony No 10, 'Alla ricerca di Borromini': IV. Adagio
5. An Interview with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies & Sir Antonio Pappano

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