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Arnold Bax: Symphony No. 6
I. Moderato - Allegro con fuoco
II. Lento molto espressivo
III. Introduction – Scherzo and Trio: (Allegro vivace - Andante semplice) – Epilogue: Lento
Arnold Bax: Into the Twilight
Into the Twilight
Arnold Bax: Summer Music
“David Lloyd-Jones's Bax series goes from strength to strength with this clear-headed interpretation of the exhilarating Sixth Symphony (arguably the last work to show the composer at creative white heat). Lloyd-Jones rides the tempest of the opening movement with particular success, while still allowing himself plenty of expressive leeway for the ravishing secondary material. In the central Lento he paints a bleakly beautiful, snow-flecked landscape. As for the ambitious finale (a tour deforce of structural innovation and thematic integration), the conductor steers a superbly confident course, and the RSNO respond with unflagging spirit and no mean skill. Both Lloyd-Jones's fill-ups are sensitively done, although Into the Twilight doesn't equal the fragrant beauty and haunting allure of Thomson's intoxicating Ulster version. Unfortunately, the sound, while enormously vivid and wide ranging, is neither quite as natural in timbre nor judiciously blended as on previous instalments (bigger tuttis tend towards an aggressive blur). None the less, a firm recommendation.”
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