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Bax: Piano Works, Vol 4 - Music for 2 Pianos / Ashley Wass and Martin Roscoe

Album Summary

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : A Festival Overture, for orchestra
>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : The Poisoned Fountain, for 2 pianos
>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Moy Mell (The Pleasant Plain
>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Sonata for 2 pianos
>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : The Devil That Tempted St Anthony, for 2 pianos
>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Red Autumn, for 2 pianos
>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Hardanger, for 2 pianos
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Notes & Reviews:

The two-piano music heard on this recording was written mostly in the late 1920s for the husband and wife piano duet team of Ethel Bartlett and Rae Robertson. It encompasses captivating miniatures such as The Poisoned Fountain, whose repeated piano figuration is evocative of flowing water, the impressionistic Moy Mell (An Irish Tone-Poem) and Hardanger, which emulates the style of Grieg's folk-style piano music. The large-scale Sonata for Two Pianos includes a slow movement, which is formally similar to some of the orchestral tone poems, and evokes an ancient Celtic world in a striking parallel with Bax's orchestral The Garden of Fand.



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>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : A Festival Overture, for orchestra
  • Performers: Martin Roscoe (Piano); Ashley Wass (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1911-1918

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : The Poisoned Fountain, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Martin Roscoe (Piano); Ashley Wass (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's Church, Bristol, England (11/20/2006-11/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Moy Mell (The Pleasant Plain :: An Irish Tone Poem), for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Martin Roscoe (Piano); Ashley Wass (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's Church, Bristol, England (11/20/2006-11/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1917

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Sonata for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Martin Roscoe (Piano); Ashley Wass (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's Church, Bristol, England (11/20/2006-11/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : The Devil That Tempted St Anthony, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Martin Roscoe (Piano); Ashley Wass (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's Church, Bristol, England (11/20/2006-11/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1929

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Red Autumn, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Martin Roscoe (Piano); Ashley Wass (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's Church, Bristol, England (11/20/2006-11/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1931

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Hardanger, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Ashley Wass (Piano); Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's Church, Bristol, England (11/20/2006-11/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927