If Daviess Cello Concerto
has already evoked comparisons with Elgars, that is perhaps an indication not only of its wealth of solo melody (there is hardly a page where the cello is not singing, or if not that, then dancing), and of its predominantly slow tempos, but also of its musical stature. This second Strathclyde concerto is a virtuoso piece for the entire ensemble, which is used almost throughout as a clutch of soloists rather than as a tutti
block. The general tone is one of passionate but interior dialogue, especially in the opening Moderato and the slow movement: and though the finale is more extrovert, the work ends back in quietness and rumination.
- Strathclyde Concerto No. 2