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Bax: Symphony No 5, Etc / David Lloyd-jones, Et Al


Release Date: 06/13/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554509   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Naxos' ongoing Bax symphony cycle goes from strength to strength with the release of this sumptuous performance of the darkly militant Fifth Symphony. The composer dedicated the work to Sibelius, and the very opening makes the source of Bax's inspiration quite clear. The piece begins with a sort of chromatic, glum paraphrase of the slow movement of Sibelius' Fifth--the music toys with exactly the same five-note rhythm, though of course the melodic material is quite different. The symphony's turbulent outer movements contain some of Bax's most exciting music (as well as his most dissonant and intractable), and he launches the central Poco lento with an unforgettable Romantic orchestral gesture: trumpet
Read more fanfares backed by high string tremolos and glittering harp arpeggios. Once again David Lloyd-Jones eclipses the competition on Chandos, offering a performance that's tightly wound, vividly played, and excellently recorded. The tone poem, another of Bax's nature portraits in the manner of November Woods, finds everyone involved in equally fine form. A winner. [5/22/2000]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 5 by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; England 
Date of Recording: 05/31/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 41 Minutes 9 Secs. 
2.
Tale the Pine Trees Knew by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; England 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 16 Minutes 33 Secs. 

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 Sibelius Inspired October 22, 2016 By owen ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "Bax described his Symphony No.5 and his tone poem The Tales the Pine Tree Knew as his 'craggy northern works.' While composing the symphony he was 'thinking of the Norse sagas and wild traditional legends of the Highland Celts.' His Fifth is characterized by jagged rhythms, outbursts of brass and a somber central movement moving into a finale of an unexpected optimistic mood. If you like the works of Sibelius you should enjoy these compositions. Recommended." Report Abuse
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