I'm liking these long and deeply abstract symphonies composed and conducted by Peter Maxwell Davies, performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, re-released on Naxos... Symphony No.2 has a surging and sublime quality which will appeal to those who have a fondness for twisty symphonic escapades. The sound-world transports the listener to places both naturalistic and mythical. There's a harsh realism here, yet also a dreaming-eye that perhaps wants more mystery. All in all the symphony is a subtle creation: solitude strikes out with serious swipes while a flowing variety stimulates the senses. - The tone poem "St. Thomas Wake" is a tricksy work which invokes Gershwin-esque shenanigans yet remains avant-garde in essence.