Maxwell Davies: Strathclyde Concertos Nos 1 & 2
Robin Miller oboe, William Conway cello, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies conductor
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I am already haunted by music from both works: the darkly beautiful duet for the soloist and bass clarinet at the end of the Cello Concerto's slow movement, the wonderfully ingenious summarizing coda of the Oboe Concerto, the gravity and eloquence of much of that work's slow movement…. In performance as beautiful and as polished as these the task of searching out their secrets should not be an onerous one.
The Strathclyde Concertos are a series of ten orchestral works by the English composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.
Commissioned by Strathclyde Regional Council, each work features an instrumental soloist and small orchestra. The first concerto, for oboe and orchestra, appeared in 1986, with the tenth and last work, for full orchestra in 1996, the year Strathclyde Regional Council was abolished.
- Strathclyde Concerto No. 1 (1986) for oboe and orchestra (First performance: 29 April 1988, at the City Halls, Glasgow, by Robin Miller and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra; conducted by the composer)
- Strathclyde Concerto No. 2 (1987) for cello and orchestra (First performance: 1 February 1989, at the City Halls, Glasgow, by William Conway and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra; conducted by the composer)