The large-scale Sonata for Two Pianos includes a slow movement which is formally similar to some of the orchestral tone poems, and evokes an ancient Celtic world in a striking parallel with Bax’s orchestral The Garden of Fand.
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Arnold Bax: Festival Overture (version for 2 pianos)
Festival Overture (arr. for 2 pianos)
Arnold Bax: The Poisoned Fountain
The Poisoned Fountain
Arnold Bax: Moy Mell, "The Pleasant Plain, an Irish Tone Poem"
Moy Mell, "The Pleasant Plain, an Irish Tone Poem"
Arnold Bax: Sonata for 2 Pianos
I. Molto moderato (quasi andante) - Allegretto scherzando (ma non troppo presto)
II. Lento espressivo
III. Vivace e feroce (ma non troppo presto)
Arnold Bax: The Devil that Tempted St Anthony
The Devil that Tempted St Anthony
Arnold Bax: Red Autumn
Arnold Bax: Hardanger
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“…a disc that enlarges one's view of Bax, and that effect is certainly due to the committed and idiomatic playing of Ashley Wass and Martin Roscoe. Their vigour and brio in the Vivo e feroce finale of the Sonata is highly exhilarating, while their sensitivity of touch and pedalling are in display in the murky waters of The Poisoned Fountain. Much to be recommended.”
“I need merely confirm that Ashley Wass [is an] outstandingly idiomatic and breathtakingly secure interpreter of all this attractive material [who has been] been recorded with notable fidelity. A peach of a disc, no question about it.”
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