Vittorio Ceccanti (cello), Bruno Canino (piano), Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Peter Maxwell Davies (conductor)
This is the second disc of works focussing on Peter Maxwell Davies's continuing artistic relationship with the Ceccanti family. The Second Strathclyde Concerto is notable for its eloquently expressive cello lines and the composer's signature transparency of orchestration. The Sonata 'Sequentia Serpentigena', written for Vittorio, was inspired by early medieval stone carvings in Tuscany and uses Gregorian chant to bring the serpent's symbolism of temptation and betrayal to life. The Little Tune for Vittorio is a song based on an original theme in a Scottish folk style. Naxos's extensive and growing list of releases of Peter Maxwell Davies's music has already become a major part of its contemporary music catalogue, generating a wide following among connoisseurs and new listeners alike. Cellist Vittorio Ceccanti's close association with the composer give these performances distinctive authority, and his playing is a draw for this release, having already received acclaim for his contributions to the Linguae Ignis/Versalii Icons album which 'bring[s] the music prancing off the page' (Classic FM).
Maxwell Davies Strathclyde Concerto No 2, Cello Sonata 'Sequentia Serpentigena', Dances from The Two Fiddlers, Little Tune for Vittorio in Maremma
Running Time: 1 hr 3 min