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Peter Maxwell-Davies Brass Chamber Music



Brass instruments have been prominent in Peter Maxwell’s Davies’s music since his Op. 1, a trumpet sonata he wrote the year he turned twenty-one. The focus of this record, however, is on music from a long quarter-century later: the Brass Quintet he produced in 1981 and a spray of pieces that came in the immediate wake of that major effort, including not only two smaller items for the same formation but also a horn solo that, though so different in scale, is related in substance to the quintet. Trumpet tunes continue the story into the next two decades.

Peter Maxwell-Davies Brass Chamber Music


“This is an impressively performed programme of some of the best music for brass the late 20th century has to offer. These are pieces which invite exploration, revealing their secrets at their own pace but also delivering spaces in which the listener’s own reflections play a large role.” Dominy Clements,

“Haunting miniatures for solo instruments (a Litany for trumpet, Sea Eagle for horn) rub shoulders with ensemble pieces, chief among which is the 1981 brass quintet: cast in three huge movements, and taking up over half the well-filled CD, it casts a lasting spell in this definitive performance.” ***** Guy Weatherall, Classical Music

“The Wallace Collection brings absolutely magnificent performances of these endlessly fascinating and enjoyable works. They are well recorded and there are excellent booklet notes by Paul Griffiths.”

“All these works receive fine and confident performances in a generous acoustic from The Wallace Collection or members of it. The composer was present at the recordings.” Stephen Barber,