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Bax: Orchestral Works Vol 8 / Handley, Royal PO, et al

Album Summary

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Enchanted Summer, for 2 sopranos, chorus & orchestra
>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Walsinghame, for tenor, chorus & orchestra
>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Fatherland, for tenor, chorus & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Even though Sir Arnold Bax was prolific in his career, he wrote little choral music and no operas or solo vocal pieces. The works on this disc, dating from Bax's early and middle period, could really be seen as tone poems with the chorus and soloists as additions to the orchestral palette. Fatherland is the earliest piece here and is an attractive, buoyant setting of a patriotic poem by the Finland-Swedish poet Runeberg, Walsinghame is the setting of Sir Walter Raleigh's poem of the same title, a threnody on the onset of old age, and features the eloquent tones of the tenor Martyn Hill.

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Works Details

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Enchanted Summer, for 2 sopranos, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Barry Griffiths (Violin); Lynore McWhirter (Soprano); Anne Williams-King (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (02/29/1988-03/02/1988)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1910

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Walsinghame, for tenor, chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Martyn Hill
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (02/29/1988-03/02/1988)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Fatherland, for tenor, chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Martyn Hill
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Ensemble: Brighton Festival Chorus
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (02/29/1988-03/02/1988)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1907-1934