Bax - Clarinet Sonatas

Naxos: 8557698

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Bax - Clarinet Sonatas

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8557698
(8.557698)

Discs:

1

Release date:

2nd May 2006

Barcode:

0747313269822

Length:

76 minutes

Medium:

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Bax - Clarinet Sonatas


Bax:

Piano Trio in B flat

Clarinet Sonata in B flat (1934)

Folk-Tale for cello and piano

Clarinet Sonata in E major

(World Première recording)

Romance for Clarinet and Piano

(World Première recording)

Trio in One Movement for Piano, Violin and Clarinet

(World Première recording)


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Arnold Bax: Piano Trio in B flat major

I. Allegro con brio

II. Adagio (alla breve) con moto

III. Tempo moderato e molto ritmico

Arnold Bax: Clarinet Sonata in D major

I. Molto moderato

II. Vivace

Arnold Bax: Folk Tale

Folk Tale

Arnold Bax: Clarinet Sonata in E major

Clarinet Sonata in E major

Arnold Bax: Romance

Romance

Arnold Bax: Trio

Trio

BBC Music Magazine

July 2006

****

“The performances are excellent: Lucy Gould leads the Trios in fine style, Alice Neary is richly expressive in the Folk-Tale, Benjamin Frith works wonders with Bax's alarmingly note-laden piano parts, and Robert Plane is responsive to the shifting moods of the mature Sonata. ...a programme to intrigue all Bax enthusiasts.”

Fanfare

“Robert Plane is a much-admired clarinetist, and he plays with fluency and conviction… He's well supported by the players collectively known as the "Gould Trio"- who, on their own, provide a knowing performance of the late Piano Trio”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“Bax's engaging Clarinet Sonata of 1934 has been lucky on disc, with distinguished versions from Janet Hilton, Emma Johnson and Michael Collins happily still adorning the catalogue.
Robert Plane's irreproachably alert and stylish account with Benjamin Frith leaves a similarly delightful impression. Plane's timbre could hardly be more alluring and he strikes up a tangible rapport with Frith. The pleasures continue with the 1945-46 Piano Trio, Bax's final chamber offering, which finds him at his most economical and relaxed.
It gets a first-rate performance from the Gould Trio, who bring plenty of bite and sparkle to the rhythmically buoyant finale. In the wistful and brooding Folk-Tale (first performed in 1918) Alice Neary and Frith do full justice to what is an unexpectedly powerful eight-minute essay.
But what makes this generously timed Naxos CD essential listening are three world-premiere recordings. Both the one-movement Sonata in E and Romance for clarinet and piano date from 1901 (Bax's first year at the Royal Academy) and may well have been conceived as parts of a larger work. The 1906 'Trio in one movement for piano, violin and viola' was the first extended score Bax deemed worthy for publication, a decision he later regretted (he described it as a 'derivative and formless farrago'); it is performed here with the viola part taken by the clarinet, an option sanctioned by the composer.
Neither of the clarinet pieces is likely to set the world alight, whereas the fluent and predominantly extrovert 17-minute Trio contains tantalising glimpses of greater achievements to come. Enthusiasts can rest assured that these admirably agile and idiomatic performers give Bax's youthful inspiration every chance to shine; indeed, it's impossible to imagine a more convincing account of the Trio.”

Gramophone Magazine

“[The Bax Piano trio] gets a first-rate performance from the Gould Trio, who bring plenty of bite and sparkle to the rhythmically buoyant finale… Enthusiasts can rest assured that these admirably agile and idiomatic performers give Bax’s youthful inspiration every chance to shine; indeed, it’s impossible imagine a more convincing account of the Trio.”

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