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Bax: Symphony No. 2 & Winter Legends / Various

Release Date: 11/03/2017 
Label:  Lyrita Recorded Edition - Nimb   Catalog #: 1137  
Composer:  Arnold Bax
Performer:  John McCabe
Conductor:  Sir Eugene GoossensRaymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony OrchestraBBC Northern Symphony
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

English composer Arnold Bax was born in the late nineteenth century but had his maturity and came to prominence in the first half of the twentieth. His was an affluent and literate London-based family and Bax was able to pursue a dazzling career undistracted by worldly necessities. He had no need to earn a living, teach, give concerts, court the great and good or chase commissions. In this sense he was like his ultimately more popular contemporary Vaughan Williams. No stranger to writing songs, chamber music and piano solos, Bax seemed most fluently at ease with the orchestra. The Second Symphony, written in London and Geneva, carries a dedication to Serge Koussevitsky who directed the premiere with his Boston Symphony Orchestra on 13 Read more December 1929. Eugene Goossens gave the United Kingdom premiere on 30 May 1930. Bax who had not been able to travel to Boston, wrote: “I feel very grateful to Eugene for his brilliant performance … which lifted it at last for me into a purely abstract world. So for the moment I feel unduly tender towards its grim features.” Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 2 by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
Winter Legends by Arnold Bax
Performer:  John McCabe (Piano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Northern Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; England 

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