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Bax: The Symphonies / Vernon Handley, Bbc Philharmonic


Release Date: 11/25/2003 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10122   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Arnold Bax
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 4 Hours 32 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Vernon Handley’s Bax symphony cycle represents a landmark achievement. Enthusiasts have long clamoured for a Bax symphony cycle under the baton of the composer’s doughtiest champion, but even they could hardly have imagined that it would appear in one fell swoop... All involved deserve our heartiest gratitude, and I can guarantee that Handley’s Bax will continue to reward, excite and stimulate for many years to come." - GRAMOPHONE

This special edition box set received the 2004 Gramophone magazine award, for "Best of Category (Orchestral)" and includes the premiere recording of the Rogues Overture, and a bonus CD comprising interviews between the conductor and BBC Radio 3’s Andrew McGregor about
Read more Bax’s symphonies.
October 2003 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Arnold Bax. To mark this occasion, Chandos released this box set of Bax’s symphonies, conducted by Vernon Handley, which has been demanded by collectors for many years.

‘Vernon Handley is the ideal conductor for Bax: He understands the music like no other, and it breathes perfectly in his hands.’ - Fanfare

‘I cannot imagine better performances.’ - American Record Guide
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 1 in E flat major by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; England 
2. Symphony no 2 by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
3. Symphony no 3 by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; England 
4. Symphony no 4 by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; England 
5. Symphony no 5 by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; England 
6. Symphony no 6 by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 
7. Symphony no 7 in A flat major by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; England 
8. Tintagel by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1919; England 
9. Rogue's Comedy Overture by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; England 

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