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House of Winter

first performance in 1986
author of text

Peter Maxwell Davies (b1934) has been the Master of the Queen’s Music since 2004. He has lived for many years in Orkney, a region of islands off the northernmost tip of Scotland, where the landscape and solitude have had an undoubted effect on his music. For this King’s Singers commission he turned to the writings of the Orkney poet George Mackay Brown, sometimes known as the Bard of Orkney, and composed the companion pieces Sea Runes and House of Winter, which were both premiered in 1986. House of Winter is a setting of four Christmas poems. The music is continuous, and though scored for unaccompanied voices, it becomes almost orchestral in evocation of the calm, frozen stillness of an Orkney winter on the one hand, and the wildness of a December storm on the other.

from notes by The King's Singers © 2006


Landscape & Time
Studio Master: SIGCD090Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 8 on SIGCD090 [11'52] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD090 track 8

Recording date
20 June 2006
Recording venue
St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Landscape & Time (SIGCD090)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: November 2006
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