Bax: Complete Symphonies / Orchestral Works

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Bax: Complete Symphonies / Orchestral Works
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, David Lloyd-Jones

[ Naxos / 7 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 27 January 2023

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Sir Arnold Bax wrote his seven symphonies between 1921 and 1939, embracing a prolific period that drew inspiration from a variety of sources. From the dramatic impact of the Second Symphony through to the seascapes of the Fourth and hints of Sibelius in the later works, Bax's powerful symphonic world is one of surprising and at times stormy vigour contrasting with the most intense lyrical expressiveness and serenity. The selection of additional orchestral works evoking nature and atmospheric landscapes fascinates and rewards in equal measure, providing an essential overview of Bax's music in critically acclaimed recordings.

"David Lloyd-Jones continues his admirable Bax series with a warmly idiomatic account of the Third Symphony of 1929, spacious in the long first movement and the meditative slow movement, defying any diffuseness of argument. The playing of the Scottish Orchestra is clear and refined, helped by the transparency of the recording, clarifying often thick textures. From earlier in Bax's career The Happy Forest, described as a 'nature poem', provides a refreshing contrast in its youthful energy, tauter, less expansive." Penguin Guide (Sym. 3)

"David Lloyd - Jones's reading is like his recordings of the first three symphonies: light textures, dryish sonorities, lively pace, thoughtful, incisive phrasing, and clear orchestral sound. His analysis and detail bring out nuances and clarify phrases and structures." American Record Guide (Sym 5)

"The Seventh Symphony comes from 1939 and one in which the creative fires seem to burn less intensely than in its two immediate predecessors. David Lloyd-Jones makes out a strong case for it and is as persuasive as (or more persuasive than) his predecessors on record. Despite its length (it is the longest of the seven), the score is still richly stocked…David Lloyd-Jones also gives a thoroughly committed account of Tintagel." Penguin Guide (Sym. 7)


Symphony No. 1 / In the Faery Hills / The Garden of Fand
Symphony No. 2 in E minor and C major / November Woods
Symphony No. 3 / The Happy Forest
Symphony No. 4 / Overture to a Picaresque Comedy / Nympholept
Symphony No. 5 / The Tale the Pine-Trees Knew
Symphony No. 6 / Into the Twilight / Summer Music
Symphony No. 7 / Tintagel

Arnold Bax's complete symphonies and other orchestral works boxed set