Maxwell Davies Symphony 10 & Panufnik Symphony 10 (2015)

Davies, Panufnik

London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Antonio Pappano

Markus Butter, London Symphony Chorus, Simon Halsey

‘Sometimes, the music knows something you don’t.’
These words, spoken by Peter Maxwell Davies before a performance of his Sixth Symphony on 12 March 2013, refer to the coincidence of the completion of that work with the death of his friend and collaborator George Mackay Brown in 1996. The morning after the performance, Maxwell Davies received a cancer diagnosis that was to prove life-changing if not life-ending and one that in retrospect had seemed to him a long time coming. The crystallising of the new Tenth Symphony around the life and work of the Italian Baroque architect Francesco Borromini (1599–1667) had been in progress since at least the beginning of 2013 and one thing that did not change as a result of Maxwell Davies’ illness was his desire to press ahead with a composition that is essentially a meditation on creativity and mortality in the full knowledge that he might not live to finish it.
The Symphony is conceived in four parts, none of which conforms for long to any formal archetype evoked by Maxwell Davies’ other symphonic works. Instead it is the (subjective) drama of Borromini’s life and the (objective) design of his architecture that underpins a sequence that alternates purely instrumental movements with settings of texts from three sources.

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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

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Maxwell Davies Symphony 10 & Panufnik Symphony 10 (2015)

Davies, Panufnik

London Symphony Orchestra

Producer:James Mallinson
Recording Engineer:Jonathan Stokes, Neil Hutchinson (Classics Sound LTD)
Recording location:Barbican, London England
Recording Software:Merging
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Symphony No 10 Alla ricerca di Borromini - i. Part One- Adagio
Davies
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Symphony No 10 Alla ricerca di Borromini - ii. Part Two- Allegro
Davies
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Symphony No 10 Alla ricerca di Borromini - Part Three- Presto
Davies
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Symphony No 10 Alla ricerca di Borromini - Part Four- Adagio
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Symphony No 10
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