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Arnold Bax: Four Orchestral Pieces, et al. / Philip Dukes, viola; BBC Philharmonic; Sir Andrew Davis

Album Summary

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Pieces (3) for Small Orchestra (formerly "4 Sketches"; "4 Irish Pieces")
>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Phantasy, for viola & orchestra in D minor
>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Overture, Elegy and Rondo, for orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Fanfare Magazine
Dukes's tone is quite lovely: rich and full in the lower register, confident and singing up top...what a pleasant surprise this disc has turned out to be...I hope that all lovers of English music will want to explore this disc, and will delight in its many musical treasures!

Sunday Times, 14th September 2014
Dukes is a sterling advocate of this unjustly neglected work - the haunting cor anglais solo recalls the shepherd's lament in Wagner's Tristan - while Davis proves passionate in the impressionistic Four Orchestral Pieces and the powerful, dark Overture, Elegy and Rondo.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2014
There's little with which to quibble performance-wise...Drawing some first-rate playing from the BBC Phiharmonic, Davis imparts plenty of confident swagger and twinkling fun to both outer movements...every Baxian will surely want to investigate this new Chandos survey.

The Guardian, 28th August 2014
Though stylistically the two works [Overture, Elegy and Rondo and Four Orchestral Pieces] have their differences...both works reveal the same sure-footed handling of the orchestra, which these carefully manicured performances under conductor Andrew Davis show off beautifully.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2014
Dukes deliver the Phantasy's solo part with a forthright energy that seems to thwart loveliness of tone. In every other department these performances could hardly be finer. The orchestral playing is vivid and precise, as is the recorded sound; and Davis's conducting is a masterclass in how to conjure atmosphere.

Sir Andrew Davis is among the most distinguished interpreters of British music today and here, performing with the BBC Philharmonic, he turns to the works of Sir Arnold Bax. Philip Dukes is the soloist in the passionately lyrical Phantasy for Viola and Orchestra which is heard in this recording alongside the Overture, Elegy and Rondo and Four Orchestral Pieces, recorded here in its original arrangement for the first time.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: MediaCity UK, Salford (05/20/2014/05/21/2014).



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Works Details

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Pieces (3) for Small Orchestra (formerly "4 Sketches"; "4 Irish Pieces")
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic
  • Notes: MediaCity UK, Salford (05/20/2014/05/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912-1928

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Phantasy, for viola & orchestra in D minor
  • Performer: Philip Dukes (Viola)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic
  • Notes: MediaCity UK, Salford (05/20/2014/05/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1920

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Overture, Elegy and Rondo, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic
  • Notes: MediaCity UK, Salford (05/20/2014/05/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927