Started by tjguitar, April 15, 2007, 06:12:44 PM
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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 HandleySymphony No. 2: Fredman or Bryden ThomsonSymphony No. 3: Edward Downes or Bryden ThomsonSymphony No. 4: Bryden ThomsonSymphony No. 5: LeppardSymphony NO. 6: Lloyd JonesSymphony NO. 7: Lloyd Jones
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...
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!!!
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.
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.
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...
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.
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