Sir Peter Maxwell Davies is universally acknowledged as one of the foremost composers of our time. In 2004, he was appointed Master of the Queen’s Music, further recognizing the revolutionary influence he has had on the British contemporary music scene. His works often draw on the landscape of the Orkney Islands, where he has lived since 1971. On November 1st, Aventa presents the world premiere of his 2011 horn trio, Stormwatch, Stormfall.
<blockquote>Stormwatch, Stormfall is an Aventa commission and was receiving its first performance. Written, the composer tells us, during a winter of particularly fierce storms and snows, the music has passages of considerable instrumental virtuosity and others of a lyrical near-tranquility. Darnell Linwood, John Lowry and Miranda Wong played what is clearly at times fearsomely difficult music with panâche and commitment.
De Assumtione Beatae Mariae Virginis was … an almost Romantic performance, culminating in the almost overwhelming sense of joy, of ecstasy, in the closing passage … This was a truly magnificent performance of a work which seems simply to grow in stature with every encounter.” – Deryk Barker, Music in Victoria