Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Peter Maxwell Davies (conductor)
The orchestra used by Peter Maxwell Davies for his Fourth Symphony is of Classical period proportions, but this relatively compact framework belies a richness of ideas and sonorities. With its starting point in the tone poem Chat Moss, the single-movement Fifth Symphony utilizes a more varied orchestral palette than its predecessor, with a large percussion section often in evidence. Both works are performed here by the orchestras for which they were written.
Maxwell Davies Symphony No 4, Symphony No 5
Running Time: 1 hr 9 min
'Given their intimate knowledge of the respective scores, the SCO and Philharmonia's accounts of these works under their progenitor must be considered benchmarks' (MusicWeb International)