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Symphony No. 3 - Cross Lane Fair Naxos 8.572350


Maxwell Davies, Peter


Maxwell Davies, Peter


BBC Philharmonic Orchestra


Jordan, Mark; Lea, Rob

Peter Maxwell Davies's Symphony No 3 is the product of symmetry and
proportion based on the principles of Renais-sance architecture. It is also a
dynamic and thrilling seascape, one that both invokes medieval chant and summons
up the violent buffeting of the waves, and the stirring cliff-face full of
nesting birds. The dual inspirations of proportion and the natural world are
seamlessly coalesced, and the Symphony teems with evocative sounds and brooding
passages both expansive and time-defying in their beauty. Cross Lane Fair is a
lighter work, scored for Northumbrian pipes, bodhran (an Irish drum) and chamber
orchestra, inspired by the memories of a fairground that Maxwell Davies visited
as a child.

Symphony No. 3 - Cross Lane Fair Review

In the work of Peter Maxwell Davies, the traditions of the British
pastoralists and of Sibelius (almost a British composer for the critical role
that country played in putting his music into the canon) potentially seem
reconciled to modernist trends. Whether you'll find the Symphony No. 3 a good
example of that reconciliation is probably a matter of taste, but the
reappearance of this recording will be welcome for Maxwell Davies fans. The
album was originally issued in 1994 on the small Collins Classics label; Naxos
reissued it in 2012. The

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