Arnold Bax: Works for Cello & Piano - Sonatina; Rhapsodic Ballad; Folk-Tale; Legend / Lionel Handy, cello; Nigel Clayton, piano

Album Summary

>Bax, Arnold : Sonatina for Cello and Piano in D major
>Bax, Arnold : Rhapsodic Ballad, for cello & piano
>Bax, Arnold : Folk Tale for Cello and Piano
>Bax, Arnold : Legend-Sonata for Cello and Piano in F sharp minor
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Notes & Reviews:

Distinguished cellist Lionel Handy presents an astonishingly compelling account of Bax's complete cello works, accompanied by equally distinguished pianist Nigel Clayton. The recording is supported by the Royal Academy of Music, and its inspiration was the centenary of Handy's own teacher, Florence Hooton, whose rapport and close work with Bax enabled her to pass on invaluable insights into the interpretation of his works. The disc contains the only available commercial recording of Bax's Rhapsodic Ballad for solo cello (1939), and is an essential addition to the CD library of any cellist or British music enthusiast, while also marking another step in Handy's ongoing aim of broadening the solo cello repertoire.

International Record Review
This is a superbly planned and no less superbly executed disc ... Handy's tone is exceptionally clean. His use of vibrato, while never obtrusive, instills the notes with life.

Classical Music Review
A rewarding listen, the sheer discipline and the interpretive integrity of the performers distinguishing it from much of the competition.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Swithun's School, Winchester (07/16/2012-07/17/2012).



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Works Details

>Bax, Arnold : Sonatina for Cello and Piano in D major
  • Performers: Nigel Clayton (Piano); Lionel Handy (Cello)
  • Notes: St Swithun's School, Winchester (07/16/2012-07/17/2012)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933

>Bax, Arnold : Rhapsodic Ballad, for cello & piano
  • Performers: Nigel Clayton (Piano); Lionel Handy (Cello)
  • Notes: St Swithun's School, Winchester (07/16/2012-07/17/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Bax, Arnold : Folk Tale for Cello and Piano
  • Performers: Nigel Clayton (Piano); Lionel Handy (Cello)
  • Notes: St Swithun's School, Winchester (07/16/2012-07/17/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918

>Bax, Arnold : Legend-Sonata for Cello and Piano in F sharp minor
  • Performers: Nigel Clayton (Piano); Lionel Handy (Cello)
  • Notes: St Swithun's School, Winchester (07/16/2012-07/17/2012)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943