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Bax: Symphonies 1 & 7 / Fredman, Leppard, LPO

Album Summary

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Symphony no 1 in E flat major
>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Symphony no 7 in A flat major
Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Arnold Bax's Seventh symphony had a reputation for being one of his weaker works, and I suppose this view is founded on the premise that it represents no new paths, despite being written toward the end of the composer's career. But as this premiere recording shows, the symphony is entirely characteristic in its mix of passionately chromatic lyricism and those picturesque "legendary" tone colors that in general make Bax's music so distinctive. Personally, I like it better than some of the earlier symphonies, and there's no question that Raymond Leppard does the work justice. He's at least as good as the competition on Chandos (twice) and Naxos, and more atmospherically recorded than anyone.



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>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Symphony no 1 in E flat major
  • Conductor: Myer Fredman
  • Running Time: 32 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1922

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Symphony no 7 in A flat major
  • Conductor: Raymond Leppard
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 45 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1938-1939