Peter Maxwell Davies Mr Emmet Takes a Walk

Peter Maxwell Davies – Original Cast Recording of Mr Emmet Takes a Walk

Mr Emmet Takes a Walk was co-commission between Psappha and Muziektheater Transparant and was the first music-theatre work written by Peter Maxwell Davies after a gap of 17 years. David Pountney provided the libretto and directed the opera. Psappha premiered the award winning production on 18th June 2000 at the St Magnus Festival, Orkney and went on to tour across the UK and Europe.

The CD recording was recorded in 2005 with the original cast and includes a 20 minute conversation between Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Paul Driver.

Recorded with maximum attention to clarity and atmosphere, this is an exemplary release.  Gramophone

Mr Emmet himself represents an enigma: is he a business man with briefcase and umbrella pursuing the ultimate commercial contract, a double agent extorting a much shadier deal from a foreign power, or a tragicomical everyman sifting through the flotsam and jetsam of a lifetime to prepare himself for death? Mr Emmet is sung by a baritone, and is supported by a bass and soprano who more explicitly adopt multiple roles: she can appear as seducer, mother, chanteuse, he as piano teacher, engineer, waiter and ultimately as nemesis extracting the fatal signature. The drama is framed by the man and woman scrubbing the walls of the room, eradicating the memory of Emmet along with the dirt and blood.


Conrad Marshall – flute
Dove Goldberg – clarinet/saxophone
Rebecca Goldberg – French horn
Mark Allen – trumpet
Richard Casey – keyboards
Tim Williams – percussion
David Routledge – violin
David Aspin – viola
Jennifer Langridge – cello
Jeffrey Box – double bass

Etienne Siebens – conductor

Rebecca Caine – soprano
Adrian Clarke – baritone
Jonathan Best – bass baritone 

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