Sir Arnold Bax

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vandermolen

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Quote from: relm1 on January 18, 2023, 04:17:14 PMThat was excellent.  He was such an expert on this type of music.

It makes me want to revisit all the symphonies.  What are your thoughts on my preferred list of recordings?
Symphony No. 1:    Vernon Handley
Symphony No. 2:    Fredman or Bryden Thomson
Symphony No. 3:    Edward Downes or Bryden Thomson
Symphony No. 4:    Bryden Thomson
Symphony No. 5:    Leppard
Symphony NO. 6:    Lloyd Jones
Symphony NO. 7:    Lloyd Jones


I largely agree with your choices although I would definitely choose Leppard for No.7. I'll have to listen to Vernon Handley's recording of the 1st Symphony which I hardly recall. I like Goossens's historic recording of No.2 and prefer Bostock in No.6 to Del Mar, although Lloyd Jones or Thomson would be my first choice. I would not choose Handley as my first choice in any Bax (or VW) symphony. Actually I rather like Handley's earlier (Guildford Philharmonic) recording of the 4th Symphony which, for a long time was the only one available. I regret that Lyrita never recorded the 4th or 3rd Symphony.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

Albion

Yep, that's the new Naxos (beautifully) re-packaged Bax symphony cycle bought. If the bailiffs knock on the door next month for the rent I'll simply concuss them with the last movement of No.4...

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A piece is worth your attention, and is itself for you praiseworthy, if it makes you feel you have not wasted your time over it. (SG, 1922)

Albion

Quote from: Albion on January 24, 2023, 11:36:37 AMYep, that's the new Naxos (beautifully) re-packaged Bax symphony cycle bought. If the bailiffs knock on the door next month for the rent I'll simply concuss them with the last movement of No.4...

 ;D

It has landed! Naxos are a wonderful label and their repackaging is intelligent (unlike Warner, Sony, etc.) and beautifully produced. They've kept all of the original couplings which means that you get the best of Bax's tone poems as well. Glorious!!!

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A piece is worth your attention, and is itself for you praiseworthy, if it makes you feel you have not wasted your time over it. (SG, 1922)

k a rl h e nn i ng

Quote from: Albion on January 25, 2023, 05:38:57 PMIt has landed! Naxos are a wonderful label and their repackaging is intelligent (unlike Warner, Sony, etc.) and beautifully produced. They've kept all of the original couplings which means that you get the best of Bax's tone poems as well. Glorious!!!

 ;D
Lovin' it! Giving a second listen to the Fourth this evening.
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Albion

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Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on January 25, 2023, 06:29:54 PMLovin' it! Giving a second listen to the Fourth this evening.

It's an incredible achievement by Lloyd-Jones (as was his Stanford symphony cycle) who sadly left us last year. Forget the "major" labels. Naxos, Hyperion, Chandos, BIS, CPO, Dutton, Toccata, Somm etc. are where the real quality is...
A piece is worth your attention, and is itself for you praiseworthy, if it makes you feel you have not wasted your time over it. (SG, 1922)

vandermolen

Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on January 25, 2023, 06:29:54 PMLovin' it! Giving a second listen to the Fourth this evening.
Nympholept on that CD is a very atmospheric work, although I marginally prefer Thomson's interpretation.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

Albion

Quote from: vandermolen on January 25, 2023, 10:43:36 PMNympholept on that CD is a very atmospheric work, although I marginally prefer Thomson's interpretation.

The Thomson tone poems were generally far better recorded than the symphonies (for some reason). "Nympholept" is simply a gorgeous score and we are so lucky to have alternative versions on disc. I agree: in the symphonies (other than 4) go for Handley or Lloyd-Jones or Lyrita, in the tone poems generally go to Thomson...

 ;D
A piece is worth your attention, and is itself for you praiseworthy, if it makes you feel you have not wasted your time over it. (SG, 1922)

vandermolen

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Quote from: Albion on January 25, 2023, 11:51:20 PMThe Thomson tone poems were generally far better recorded than the symphonies (for some reason). "Nympholept" is simply a gorgeous score and we are so lucky to have alternative versions on disc. I agree: in the symphonies (other than 4) go for Handley or Lloyd-Jones or Lyrita, in the tone poems generally go to Thomson...

 ;D
I remember Nympholept being used as background music for a TV documentary about JRR Tolkien many years ago. The CD below is arguably my favourite Bax disc. When it was reissued by Chandos at mid-price they unfortunately replaced Thomson's fine 'Tintagel' with a less interesting work. I like Thomson's recording of the 6th Symphony, more than most, and its fine companion the 'Festival Overture' (also featured on the disc below) which, despite its unpromising title, is an engaging and ultimately moving score.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

Albion

Quote from: vandermolen on January 26, 2023, 12:04:34 AMI remember Nympholept being used as background music for a TV documentary about JRR Tolkien many years ago. The CD below is arguably my favourite Bax disc. When it was reissued by Chandos at mid-price they unfortunately replaced Thomson's fine 'Tintagel' with a less interesting work. I like Thomson's recording of the 6th Symphony, more than most, and its fine companion the 'Festival Overture' (also featured on the disc below) which, despite its unpromising title, is an engaging and ultimately moving score.


Both the Festival Overture and Paean are just such good riotous fun. Like the Overture to a Picaresque Comedy they show a side to Bax that is not always acknowledged. People tend to dwell on the dreamy, Celtic twilight aspect which infuses much of his music, but he could certainly party...

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A piece is worth your attention, and is itself for you praiseworthy, if it makes you feel you have not wasted your time over it. (SG, 1922)