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Bax: Symphony No 6, Etc / Lloyd-jones, Et Al


Release Date: 04/15/2003 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557144   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 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

David Lloyd-Jones' new Bax Sixth is especially welcome since the only other modern recording is available only as part of a complete set of symphonies on Chandos. Even if that were not the case, Lloyd-Jones scores over Bryden Thompson with his generally more incisive reading. Both conductors make much of the first movement's melancholic rancor (in tempos that are virtually identical), but the central slow movement benefits from Lloyd-Jones' more rhapsodic approach, whereas Thompson seems content to languish (thereby adding more than two minutes to Lloyd-Jones' timing). The finale too finds Lloyd-Jones possessing a stronger sense of forward momentum as he reveals more of the music's dramatic architecture.


The Scottish
Read more National players yield nothing to their London counterparts--if anything their brass have the edge in terms of projection and rhythmic alacrity. Naxos' recording, while less opulently reverberant than the Chandos production, presents a sharper image that allows more of Bax's multilayered detail to emerge clearly (while still swallowing some of the top end, glockenspiel in particular). To top it off, Lloyd-Jones offers first-rate performances of Bax's lushly exotic Into the Twilight and the dreamy Summer Music. Certainly a must for Bax fans, but newcomers can unreservedly join in the fun too.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 6 by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 
2.
Into the Twilight by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; England 
3.
Summer music by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920/1932; England 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 6: I. Moderato - Allegro con fuoco
Symphony No. 6: II. Lento molto espressivo
Symphony No. 6: III. Introduction – Scherzo and Trio: (Allegro vivace - Andante semplice) – Epilogue: Lento
Into the Twilight
Summer Music

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