Bax - Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2

Naxos: 8557439

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Bax - Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2

Awards:

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - October 2004

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8557439
(8.557439)

Discs:

1

Release date:

30th Aug 2004

Barcode:

0747313243921

Length:

74 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Bax - Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2


Bax:

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-sharp Minor

Dream in Exile

Intermezzo

Burlesque

Nereid

In a Vodka Shop

Piano Sonata No. 2 in G


Ashley Wass (piano)

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Arnold Bax: Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor

Piano Sonata No. 1

Arnold Bax: Piano Sonata No. 2 in G major

Piano Sonata No. 2

Arnold Bax: Dream in Exile

Dream in Exile

Arnold Bax: Burlesque

Burlesque

Arnold Bax: Nereid

Nereid

Arnold Bax: In a Vodka Shop

In a Vodka Shop

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“Not only does this gifted young pianist possess a rock-solid technique and striking keyboard finesse, his penetrating accounts of both these large-scale, single-movement sonatas make you sit up and listen. So it is that in the bracing First Sonata (written in 1910 during Bax's sojourn in Russia and Ukraine) Ashley Wass finds the balance between epic and introspective. More than that, he brings out the music's brazen Slavic fervour with its echoes of Scriabin and Rachmaninov (the coda's pealing bells toll with magnificent cumulative impact). He paces its turbulent successor of 1919 with cogency and concentration. Even more than the magisterial John McCabe, Wass takes us on a genuine voyage of discovery: the control, sense of colour and dynamic range are remarkable, and his tone never hardens under pressure.
Of the four couplings, Dream in Exile stands out.
The sound throughout is vividly truthful.”

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