CD Release: The Last Island (Hebrides Ensemble)

July 26, 2017 in by mwhiteside


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THE LAST ISLAND: CHAMBER MUSIC BY PETER MAXWELL DAVIES
HEBRIDES ENSEMBLE
Released on Delphian Records – 18 August 2017

Peter Maxwell Davies’s later music powerfully evokes the isolated majesty of his Orkney island home, yet it also bears witness to his talent for friendship – to his associations, both personal and musical, with friends and supporters in Scotland and further afield. Among the warmest was with William Conway, whom Davies first encountered as principal cellist of the ScottishChamber Orchestra and for whom he wrote the demanding solo part of his second Strathclyde Concerto. And it was for the Hebrides Ensemble, founded by Conway in 1991, that Davies wrote several of the most impressive and personal works to arise from his late engagement with chamber music – a genre in which he had
previously worked rarely, here revealed as the ‘last island’ of this remarkable and prolific composer’s output. On its second Delphian album, the Ensemble reciprocates Davies’s friendship with definitive performances of works from his last decade, including the single completed movement of a string quartet left unfinished at his death.