Bax - Violin Sonatas Volume 2

Naxos: 8570094

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Bax - Violin Sonatas Volume 2

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8570094
(8.570094)

Discs:

1

Release date:

29th Oct 2007

Barcode:

0747313009473

Length:

73 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Bax - Violin Sonatas Volume 2


Bax:

Violin Sonata No. 2 in D (1915)

Bax’s Second Violin Sonata reflects the composer’s concerns regarding the First World War. This is particularly evident in the second movement, described by the composer as a ‘dance of death’ in which the violin remains muted throughout.

Ballad

Legend

Violin Sonata in G minor - in one movement (1901)

Sonata in F major (1928)

The unnumbered Sonata in F, actually Bax’s fourth and last Violin Sonata, was suppressed by the composer during his lifetime as he soon scored it as the Nonet. It was not performed as a sonata until the celebrations for the centenary of Bax’s birth in 1983.


Laurence Jackson (violin) & Ashley Wass (piano)

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Arnold Bax: Violin Sonata No. 2

I. Slow and gloomy

II. The Grey Dancer in the Twilight

III. Very broad and concentrated

IV. Allegro feroce

Arnold Bax: Ballad

Ballad

Arnold Bax: Legend for Violin and Piano

Legend for Violin and Piano

Arnold Bax: Violin Sonata in G minor

Violin Sonata in G minor

Arnold Bax: Violin Sonata in F major

I. Molto moderato

II. Allegro

Gramophone Magazine

Janurary 2008

“…in…Bax's storm-tossed Second Violin Sonata… these dashingly poised newcomers give of their considerable best, with CBSO leader Laurence Jackson formidably secure in the solo part's more scarily vertiginous exploits. …what lifts this collection into the indispensable category are the spellbinding performances... of the darkly smouldering Legend and Ballad... as well as the Allegro appassionato in G minor... and unpublished F major Sonata of 1928...”

BBC Music Magazine

January 2008

****

“Jackson and Wass are well acclimatised to Bax's elusive idioms, and Jackson's sensitivity and sustained singing tone in places such as the Legend and the slow movement of the Second Sonata are as admirable as Wass's command of the often challenging piano parts in the fiercer movements.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“Cast in four linked movements and held together by a motto theme which also appears in the 1917 tone-poem November Woods, Bax's storm-tossed Second Violin Sonata was conceived during the summer of 1915 at a time of great personal upheaval for the 31-year-old composer and comprehensively overhauled six years later. Be it in the seductive sway of the second movement (a ghostly waltz enigmatically entitled 'The Grey Dancer in the Twilight') or hair-raising final climax prior to the ecstatically serene epilogue, these dashingly poised newcomers give of their considerable best, with CBSO leader Laurence Jackson formidably secure in the solo part's more scarily vertiginous exploits. No one coming to this music for the first time will be left unstirred by its piercing beauty, urgency of expression and vaulting ambition.
In any case, what lifts this collection into the indispensable category are the spellbinding performances of the darkly smouldering Legend and Ballad from 1915 and 1916 respectively, as well as the Allegro appassionato in G minor (a likeable student effort from 1901) and unpublished F major Sonata of 1928 (which Bax subsequently recast as his captivating Nonet). The Potton Hall sound in these last four items (emanating from sessions a year after those for the Second Sonata) is particularly handsome and true, and the disc as a whole represents yet another 'must have' within this extensive series.”

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