Chamber music by Peter Maxwell Davies -
'... played with accomplished precision ...'
To my ear it seems that Maxwell Davies has ascended slowly
from a choleric disarray of musical thinking in the 1950s,
when so much passionate adolescence asserted itself upon an
unprepared artistic climate, to a belated mellow awareness
of more placid lucidity in the 1980s.
This collection of
chamber works spans just that period, and it is interesting
to hear this succession of pieces chronologically, and
appreciate the transformation from youth to maturity of a
prolific and initially turbulent creative personality. It
is of course such fierce challenges to the steady order of
things that reveal fresh paths which would not be there for
us to choose had there been servile obedience all the time.
Copyright © 10 March 2004
Patric Standford, Wakefield UK