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Bax: Tone Poems, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Dedicated fans of Arnold Bax will have to hear this Chandos disc. The second volume in Vernon Handley and the BBC Philharmonic's survey of the English composer's complete tone poems, it includes not only well-known works like "The Happy Forest" and "Into the Twilight," but rarities like "Nympholept" and the three Northern Ballades plus the world-premiere recording of "Red Autumn." In every work, Handley knows how to get the best out of Bax's music by emphasizing his romantic themes, lush colors, and sweeping narratives and downplaying his sprawling structures, awkward transitions, and occasional banalities. With the tight and bright playing of the BBC musicians, Handley ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Dedicated fans of Arnold Bax will have to hear this Chandos disc. The second volume in Vernon Handley and the BBC Philharmonic's survey of the English composer's complete tone poems, it includes not only well-known works like "The Happy Forest" and "Into the Twilight," but rarities like "Nympholept" and the three Northern Ballades plus the world-premiere recording of "Red Autumn." In every work, Handley knows how to get the best out of Bax's music by emphasizing his romantic themes, lush colors, and sweeping narratives and downplaying his sprawling structures, awkward transitions, and occasional banalities. With the tight and bright playing of the BBC musicians, Handley holds the ballades together without crushing their dramatic spirit and lets the hazy sensuality come through in "Nympholept" without succumbing to indolence or sentimentality. Though listeners unfamiliar with Bax are urged to try his symphonies first, those who already know those masterpieces will surely enjoy the music here. Chandos' digital sound is smooth, clear, and full.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • Label: Chandos
  • UPC: 095115144626
  • Catalog Number: 10446
  • Sales rank: 139,353

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Northern Ballad No. 1, for orchestra - Arnold Bax & Arnold Bax (10:09)
  2. 2 Northern Ballad No. 2, for orchestra - Arnold Bax & Arnold Bax (14:10)
  3. 3 Northern Ballad No. 3: Prelude for a Solemn Occasion, for orchestra - Arnold Bax & Arnold Bax (8:25)
  4. 4 Nympholept, tone poem for orchestra - Arnold Bax & Arnold Bax (15:32)
  5. 5 Red Autumn, for 2 pianos - Arnold Bax & Vernon Handley (5:10)
  6. 6 The Happy Forest, tone poem for orchestra - Arnold Bax & Arnold Bax (9:50)
  7. 7 Into the Twilight, tone poem for orchestra - Vernon Handley & Arnold Bax (13:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vernon Handley Primary Artist
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