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Arnold Edward Trevor Bax (1883-1953)

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Bax: In Memoriam

Bax: In Memoriam


Bax:

In Memoriam

Concertante for Piano (left hand) & Orchestra

Margaret Fingerhut (piano)

The Bard of the Dimbovitza

Jean Rigby (mezzo)


“The glorious tune that dominates the 1916 tone-poem In Memoriam will be familiar to many Bax enthusiasts from its use in his 1948 film score for David Lean's Oliver Twist, and to hear it in its original surroundings is both a moving and thrilling experience.
It had long been assumed that the 32-year-old composer never got round to scoring this deeply felt elegy so it's pleasing to find that Vernon Handley and the BBC Philharmonic do full justice to its opulent yet iridescent sound world, with its strong ech- oes of The Garden of Fand and Nympholept.
The Concertante for left-hand piano and orchestra, written for Harriet Cohen after a domestic accident had disabled her right hand, isn't top-drawer Bax, but remains a most appealing creation, with a central Moderato tranquillo in the composer's sweetest lyrical vein. Margaret Fingerhut is a deft, sympathetic soloist.
The five orchestral songs that make up TheBard of the Dimbovitza, setting poems allegedly based on Romanian folk-songs, contain not a hint of local colour but are purest Bax, the harmonic idiom and overall mood strikingly similar to his Enchanted Summer. Jean Rigby vividly characterises the dialogue in the last two songs ('My girdle I hung on a tree-top tall' and 'Spinning Song'), while bringing plenty of drama to the almost operatic scena that's 'The Well of Tears'. Some typically lustrous Chandos engineering adorns this valuable triptych of recorded premières, and the issue as a whole deserves the heartiest of welcomes.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Chandos - CHAN9715

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Bax: London Pageant, etc.

Bax:

London Pageant

Concertante for three winds instruments & orchestra

Suite from 'Tamara'

Cathaleen-ní-Hoolihan


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Chandos - CHAN9879

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Bax: Octet, String Quintet, Concerto for Septet & other chamber works

Bax: Octet, String Quintet, Concerto for Septet & other chamber works


Bax:

Octet, for horn, piano and string sextet

String Quintet

Concerto for Flute, Oboe, Harp, and String Quartet (Septet)

Threnody and Scherzo for bassoon, harp, and string sextet.

In Memoriam


“This is a beautiful and enterprising collection of works by Bax. In Memoriam for cor anglais, harp and string quartet probably dates from 1917. It's subtitled 'An Irish Elegy'; like the Elegiac Trio from the same period, its poignant mood reflects Bax's despair at the tragic events of the Easter Rising. In the single-movement String Quintet (completed in January 1933) he draws some luscious, almost orchestral sonorities from his chosen forces. Scored for horn, piano and string sextet, the 1934 Octet (labelled 'Serenade' on the short score) is a two-movement work of strong appeal and engaging charm: the magically evocative opening brings echoes of those unforgettable horn solos in the Third Symphony's central Lento, while the icy glitter of the piano part from 1'53" in the second-movement Scherzo momentarily conjures up the far-Northern landscape of Winter Legends.
The Threnody and Scherzo for bassoon, harp and string sextet of 1936 is perhaps less immediately striking. The writing is as fluent and accomplished as ever but the melodic material isn't as fresh as might have been wished. By contrast, the Concerto for flute, oboe, harp and string quartet is one of Bax's most likeable chamber offerings.
This is a captivating transcription for septet of a Sonata for flute and harp from 1928 and proves an exquisite gem, its deft and joyous outer movements framing a lovely central 'Cavatina'. The sound is warm and transparent.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Chandos - CHAN9602

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Bax - Orchestral Works Volume 1

Bax - Orchestral Works Volume 1


Bax:

Violin Concerto

Lydia Mordkovitch (violin)

Cello Concerto

Elizabeth Wallfisch (cello)

Morning Song (Maytime in Sussex)

Margaret Fingerhut (piano)


'He conducts a mellow affectionate performance of the Concerto… Lydia Mordkovitch plays the solo part with real flair and richness of tone and seems to me to bring poetic and romantic feelings to the work…' Gramophone

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Bax - Orchestral Works Volume 2

Bax - Orchestral Works Volume 2


Bax:

Spring Fire Symphony

Northern Ballad No. 2

Northern Ballad No. 3 (Prelude for a Solemn Occasion)

Symphonic Scherzo


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Bax - Orchestral Works Volume 3

Bax - Orchestral Works Volume 3


Bax:

November Woods

The Happy Forest

The Garden of Fand

Summer Music

Tintagel


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Bax - Orchestral Works Volume 4

Bax - Orchestral Works Volume 4


Bax:

The Tale the Pine Trees Knew

Into the Twilight

In the Faery Hills

Roscatha

Legend

On the Sea Shore


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Bax - Orchestral Works Volume 5

Bax - Orchestral Works Volume 5


Bax:

Festival Overture

Christmas Eve

Dance of Wild Irravel

Nympholept

Paean

Overture to a Picaresque Comedy

Cortège


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Bax - Orchestral Works Volume 6

Bax - Orchestral Works Volume 6


Bax:

Russian Suite

Four Songs for tenor & orchestra

Martyn Hill (tenor)

Golden Eagle

Saga Fragment

Margaret Fingerhut (piano)

Romantic Overture


'Thomson possesses an intuitive understanding that allows more of the music to compel than one had dared hope… The London Philharmonic plays beautifully…' The Independent

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Bax - Orchestral Works Volume 7

Bax - Orchestral Works Volume 7


Bax:

Symphonic Variations

Winter Legends


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