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Bax: Symphonic Poems / Lloyd-Jones, et al

Album Summary

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Tintagel, tone poem for orchestra
>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : The Garden of Fand, tone poem for orchestra
>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : The Happy Forest, tone poem for orchestra
>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : The Tale the Pine Trees Knew, tone poem for orchestra
>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : November Woods, tone poem for orchestra
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Drawn from David Lloyd-Jones' excellent set of Bax symphony recordings, this collection competes in four out of five works with Bryden Thomson and the Ulster Orchestra on Chandos. Whereas Thomson has Summer Music, Lloyd-Jones offers The Tale the Pine Trees Knew, a more interesting and substantial work. In general this Naxos issue offers tauter, livelier performances than does Thomson, and this prevents the music from degenerating into a typically shapeless Baxian blob, as it has a tendency to do, particularly November Woods and The Garden of Fand. Lloyd-Jones also has the finer orchestra and a leaner basic sonority...The engineering complements the performances, having fine clarity and impact. If you're in the market for a single disc of Bax tone poems, or even a single disc of Bax, then this one certainly fills the bill." - Classics Today (10/10)

Classical Candor
Lloyd-Jones does well by these symphonic sketches... Lloyd-Jones has the measure of the music. The disc begins with Tintagel, Bax's depiction of the rocky precipice on the Cornish coast reputed to be the birthplace of the legendary King Arthur... David Lloyd-Jones serves the music well... the sound appears to have become softer in the midrange and more billowy in the mid-bass... Naxos price the disc absurdly low, I can't think of a reason in the world why the interested listener shouldn't try it.



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Works Details

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Tintagel, tone poem for orchestra
  • Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Royal Scottish National Concert Hall (08/21/2002-08/22/2001)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1917-1919

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : The Garden of Fand, tone poem for orchestra
  • Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Running Time: 16 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1913-1916

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : The Happy Forest, tone poem for orchestra
  • Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1914-1921

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : The Tale the Pine Trees Knew, tone poem for orchestra
  • Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Running Time: 16 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1931

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : November Woods, tone poem for orchestra
  • Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Running Time: 16 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1917