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Peter Maxwell Davies: Miss Donnithorne's Maggot; Eight Songs for a Mad King - Alan Hacker (clarinet); David Campbell (clarinet); Duncan Druce (violin); Fires of London; Greg Knowles (percussion);...
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  1. Miss Donnithorne's Maggot, music-theatre work for soprano or mezzo-soprano & instrumental ensemble, J. 121
  2. Eight Songs for a Mad King, for male voice & instrumental ensemble, J. 80

If one work can be said to have secured Peter Maxwell Davies' international reputation, it would have to be his iconoclastic Eight Songs for a Mad King, a sensation when first performed in 1969 with actor Roy Hart and the Pierrot Players. This recording features Julius Eastman in Hart's role, with the ensemble that performed at the premiere renamed The Fires of London. Using a text by Randolph Stow, the piece follows the descent of King George III into madness, pointing along the way to the monarch's musical interests ...

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Peter Maxwell Davies: Miss Donnithorne's Maggot; Eight Songs for a Mad King 1993, Unicorn-Kanchana

UPC: 053068905220

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