ARNOLD BAX – English Piano Sonatas, Malcolm Binns Review by Christopher Webber THE SIR ARNOLD BAX WEB SITE Last Modified January 12, 2007 English Piano Sonatas Malcolm Binns (piano) Bax: Piano Sonatas Nos.1-4 (plus two appendices taken from the manuscript draft of Sonata No.2); Ireland: Piano Sonata; Bridge: Piano Sonata BMS 434-435CD [TT=146:58] [ rec. Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, 16 and 30 May, 13 June, 18 July 2007. Producer: John Talbot. Recording Engineer: Paul Arden-Taylor] ...Read more
Historic Bax Chamber Recording Remastered for Download by Pristine Classical – Reviewed by Christopher WebberDecember 7, 2013
Arnold Bax – Phantasy Sonata for Viola and Harp Raymond Jeremy, viola; Maria Korchinska, harp [TT=20'37"] Recorded late summer 1928 (NGS 118-120) Transfers and XR remastering by Andrew Rose, March 2008 PRISTINE CLASSICAL download only release in association with Gramophone. Download ID: 406499 (MP3) /406500 (FLAC) Downloads, PDF covers and cue-sheets available from PRISTINE CLASSICAL review by CHRISTOPHER WEBBER This is an astonishing resurrection. In 1923 the celebrated novelist Com...Read more
Sea Fever – Songs by Bax, Ireland, Dyson, Boughton, Bainton and Parry Roderick Williams, Baritone BBC Concert Orchestra, Martin Yates. Dutton Epoch CDLX 7199 Recorded in The Colosseum Town Hall, Watford, 5-6 June 2007 Review by Richard R. Adams While recordings of Bax’s orchestral, chamber and solo piano music continue to proliferate, the same can’t be said of his vocal music, and in particular his songs. Bax has never been considered among the great British “song” composers but a ...Read more
Symphony No.2 Symphony No.5 London Philharmonic Orchestra, Myer Fredman (No.2), Raymond Leppard (No.5) SRCD 233 [78:28] Recorded at Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, October 1970 (No.2) and February 1971 (No.5) Review by GRAHAM PARLETT We have Ken Russell to thank for this excellent recording of Bax’s Second Symphony. His interest in the composer became apparent in the late 1960s, and I recall sitting a few rows behind him in the Royal College of Music for the first performance ...Read more
Northern Ballad No.1, Northern Ballad No.2, Prelude for a Solemn Occasion, Into the Twilight, The Happy Forest, Red Autumn, Nympholept. BBC Philharmonic, Vernon Handley. CHAN 10446 [76:44] Recorded in Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, 20 and 21 December 2006 and 20 November 2007 (The Happy Forest). Review by Graham Parlett Vernon Handley’s first collection of Bax tone-poems with the BBC Philharmonic (CHAN 10362) appeared in 2006 and contained superb performances of The Gard...Read more
- Malcolm Binns English Piano Sonatas- Review by Christopher Webber
- Historic Bax Chamber Recording Remastered for Download by Pristine Classical – Reviewed by Christopher Webber
- A Disc of Songs for Baritone by Bax and other British Composers – reviewed by Richard R. Adams.
- Lyrita accounts of Bax’s Second and Fifth Symphonies reviewed by Graham Parlett
- Vernon Handley’s long-awaited second volume of Bax Tone Poems reviewed by Graham Parlett
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