Natalia Williams-Wandoch

Review by Graham Parlett - Natalia Williams-Wandoch plays piano music by Sir Arnold Bax

Piano Music by Arnold Bax on Usk Recordings  Hot on the heels of Mark Bebbington’s ‘Private Passions’ comes another splendid CD that also contains works that have never been recorded before. Natalia Williams-Wandoch has been playing the pieces included here at recitals over the past few years, and it was good news when we learned that she had decided to record them for the Usk label in January 2018. With a ...

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Review by Christopher Webber: Private Passions

Piano music by Arnold Bax and Harriet Cohen. Private Passions is well named, not only because of the amorous bond between the album’s two composers, but also because so much of Bax’s music was inspired by his lover, muse, champion and later Guardian of the Flame, the pianist Harriet Cohen. As Graham Parlett’s illuminating notes reveal, much of the programme reflects this special relationship; and from the arresting, combative ...

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Interview with composer John Pickard

John Pickard is among today’s most accomplished and performed 21st Century British composers. He was born in Burnley, Lancashire, England in 1963 and at an early age decided to become a composer. He studied music and composition at the University of Wales, with the Welsh composer William Mathias, and later in The Netherlands with Louis Andriessen and in 1989 was awarded a PhD in composition from the University of Wales. Since 1993 ...

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Review by Richard R. Adams - Ireland, Delius, Bax

With this disc, Lionel Handy completes his survey of Bax’s cello music including the much-maligned Cello Concerto that appeared on an earlier Lyrita disc. Here he performs Bax’s Cello Sonata from 1923 and couples it with the cello sonata of his close friend John Ireland from the same year. The third item on this disc is Handy’s brilliant transcription for cello of Delius’ Third Violin Sonata. Admirers of British chamber ...

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CLIFFORD GILLAM (1927–2017)

CLIFFORD GILLAM (1927–2017)

Dr Clifford Wilfred Gillam, the founder of the original Arnold Bax Society, died peacefully on 2 June, seven weeks short of his 90th birthday. I first came across his name when I read an article by him in the Bax Society Bulletin of October 1968, p. 40. It was called ‘A Lost Work by Bax’ and began: ‘In 1953, when I was doing some research on Keats, I came across ...

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Natalia Williams-Wandoch

Review by Graham Parlett - Natalia Williams-Wandoch plays piano music ...

Posted by Bax Admin on Mar 6, 20191
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Review by Christopher Webber: Private Passions

Posted by Bax Admin on Feb 8, 20192
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Interview with composer John Pickard

Posted by Bax Admin on Jan 9, 20183
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Review by Richard R. Adams - Ireland, Delius, Bax

Posted by Bax Admin on Jan 4, 20184
CLIFFORD GILLAM (1927–2017)

CLIFFORD GILLAM (1927–2017)

Posted by Bax Admin on Dec 11, 20175
 

Welcome to the Sir Arnold Bax Web Site

The purpose of this web site is to provide information on the music of Sir Arnold Bax and to promote those musicians who perform his music. Here you can learn about Bax by reading interviews, essays and articles on his life and music as well as reviews of the latest recordings and concerts featuring his music. Each month this site will be updated to include new editorials, announcements, concert information and reviews. This site also provides an extensive biography and discography that is updated regularly. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about the composer or are trying to locate scores for performing purposes. I am also eager to hear from all those who would like to share their enthusiasm for the music of this great composer. Please contact me at rybergadams@hotmail.com.