Bax: Symphony No. 7, Tintagel

Bax: Symphony No. 7, Tintagel

by David Lloyd-Jones
     
 

Naxos' Bax symphony series by David Lloyd-Jones and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, which comes to a close with this recording of the Seventh Symphony and the tone poem Tintagel, has been a blessing not only for Bax admirers but also for those in search of a modestly priced introduction to the work of (arguably) Britain's finest 20th-century symphonistSee more details below

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Naxos' Bax symphony series by David Lloyd-Jones and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, which comes to a close with this recording of the Seventh Symphony and the tone poem Tintagel, has been a blessing not only for Bax admirers but also for those in search of a modestly priced introduction to the work of (arguably) Britain's finest 20th-century symphonist after Vaughan Williams. If the Seventh tops few lists of the best of Bax's symphonies (that honor generally goes to the Sixth), it contains much spirited, brightly optimistic music that is unfailingly harmonious and tuneful, and it comes off vividly in this taut and confident performance. The tone poem, on the other hand, is one of the composer's best-known scores; finished two decades earlier in 1919, it's a Romantic musical portrait of the ruined castle on the sea cliffs of Cornwall. The RSNO respond to Lloyd-Jones's snappy direction with playing that may be short on atmosphere but lacks nothing in exhilaration. Recent years have seen a veritable Bax bonanza: Vernon Handley's complete set with the BBC Philharmonic, on Chandos, offers one-stop shopping, while Bryden Thomson's series on the same label benefits from the silky-smooth playing of the London Philharmonic. The RSNO doesn't quite match the refinement of the LPO, and Handley's all-in-one set has its advantages, but Lloyd-Jones's series has much to recommend it as well -- vigorous playing and lucid direction, for starters. Add in Naxos' unbeatable value, and it's a Bax series that's a cinch to satisfy.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
If what you're looking for is a single disc to convince you that the music of Bax is not all bombast, ballyhoo, and balderdash, try this one. With Bax's early tone poem "Tintagel," coupled with his "Seventh" and last symphony, this disc has the best of both Bax's worlds. And in these muscular and direct but deeply affectionate interpretations of David Lloyd-Jones and the powerful and bright but richly burnished playing of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bax's music gets performances as committed and convincing as have ever been recorded. Naxos' digital sound is crisp and clean but still evocative of time and place. If you like this disc, you should consider listening to the classic "Tintagel" by John Barbirolli and perhaps the complete symphonies by Bryden Thomson or Vernon Handley. But if you're looking for a single disc of Bax to blow you away, this is the one.
Gramophone - Andrew Achenbach
Drawing proficient and sensitive playing from the RSNO, David Lloyd-Jones conducts with characteristic thrust and understanding. His lucid performance knocks over five minutes off Bryden Thomson’s unhurried reading (available in a complete set), yet there’s no shortage of epic grandeur or perceptive observation.... No one will regret snapping up this final issue in what has been a highly commendable series.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2003
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313214525
catalogNumber:
8557145
Rank:
138375

Tracks

  1. Tintagel, tone poem for orchestra  - Arnold Bax  - David Lloyd-Jones  - Samuel Palmer  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  2. Symphony No. 7 in A flat major  - Arnold Bax  - David Lloyd-Jones  - Samuel Palmer  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra

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