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Arnold Bax: Symphony in F (1907) / Martin Yates

Album Summary

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Symphony in F major/F minor (not orchestrated)
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Dutton presents the world première recording of Bax's "symphony number zero." The piano score of Arnold Bax's Symphony in F of 1907 was completed by its composer but never orchestrated, and has long been one of the great might-have-beens of the British symphonic repertoire, along with Elgar's Third Symphony and E.J. Moeran's second. Unlike Elgar and Moeran, Bax actually completed his symphony, and now Martin Yates has set it into full score, managing to catch the elusive, idiomatic sound of Bax's orchestra in a convincing way we never expected to hear. The glorious second movement in particular, on a similar scale to his many later tone poems, is revealed as a striking and poetic creation in which Bax finds his voice.

MusicWeb International, 7th February 2014
A young man's symphony written when his ideas flowed urgently like milk and honey. This is cause for joy among Baxians. Loquacious, self-indulgent, gorgeous and densely luxuriant as it is, you would do well to hear it.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2014
Yates's orchestration of Bax's massive work is entirely in keeping with the composer's exuberant early strivings...this profligate creation, never heard in public, has risen from the dead, and can be weighed analysed, and savoured.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: RSNO Centre, Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow (08/15/2013-08/16/2013).


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>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Symphony in F major/F minor (not orchestrated)
  • Conductor: Martin Yates
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: RSNO Centre, Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow (08/15/2013-08/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1907