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Bax: Symphony No 2, Etc / Lloyd-jones, Royal Scottish Orchestra


Release Date: 06/22/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554093   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


Naxos is going head to head with Chandos in English repertoire, and while British critics no doubt will circle the wagons in defense of their home-grown product, the fact is that this newcomer beats the Brits at their own game. Not only do we have a British conductor with evident sympathy for the music (which is Bax at his opulent best), but one with an orchestra that Chandos, in its own innumerable releases, demonstrated was clearly superior to the London Philharmonic (led by the late Bryden Thomson in the case of Bax's symphonies). In addition, we also get a recording of excellent technical quality. In fact, Chandos' recording of this piece was cavernous in the extreme, and Thomson's sometimes slack way
Read more with the music was anything but ideal. (There's a superb version of this symphony on Lyrita conducted by Meyer Fredman which has never appeared on CD). In short, this recording offers top quality in both performance and sonics irrespective of price, and makes the perfect starting point for anyone interested in sampling the work of this lusciously Romantic composer. [10/3/1999]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2 by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
2.
November Woods by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; England 

Customer Reviews

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 A Neglected Composer's Early Symphony October 21, 2016 By owen ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "Bax received his education in England but fell under the spell of the Irish poet Yeats. As a young man he moved to Ireland and became a part of the intellectual literary scene. He later visited Russia and then Norway, Iceland and Finland. The impressions he gained from these countries were to influence his Romantic style. His Symphony No.2 is withdrawn and introspective; reflecting the dark and turbulent spirit of the North. The Opening movement contains dramatic and complex orchestration which caused a stir at its premiere In December 1929 by Serge Koussevitzky/Boston Symphony Orchestra. The first movement makes such an impression that the following two movements seem relatively mundane. The tone poem November Woods is evocative of its title. You can almost feel a chill wind stirring the branches, maybe with a light dusting of snow. This CD is a fine introduction to a relatively unknown and neglected composer." Report Abuse
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