Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

Symphony No. 10

London Symphony Orchestra

(LSO Live)

It is hard to shake off the image of the composer working on this symphony at his hospital bed while undergoing treatment for leukaemia.

Peter Maxwell Davies was determined to finish his Symphony No. 10, an evocative and highly emotional tribute to Baroque architect Francesco Borromini.

A highly charged fervour animates the symphony’s discourse on creativity in this live recording of the premiere, given by baritone Markus Butter, the London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Afterwards Panufnik’s short Symphony No. 10 sounds brittle, taut, cogent.

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