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Philip Mead's Private Invitation Concert

At 2 p.m. on the afternoon of Saturday, 14 January 2017, the distinguished pianist Philip Mead began a marathon all-Bax programme in the Recital Room of Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge—a very rare event that included two world premières. The concert was listed as a ‘private piano recital’, by invitation only, and thus the audience consisted of no more than about fifteen people. After a general introduction in which Mead ...

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‘For the Fallen’

‘For the Fallen’, Elgar: The Spirit of England Op.80*, A Voice in the Wilderness Op.77$, Grania and Diarmid Op.42#, Bax: In Memoriam, Hallé Choir and Orchestra, Rachel Nicolls (soprano)*; Joshua Ellicott (narrator), Jennifer France (soprano)$; Madeleine Shaw (mezzo-soprano)#, Sir Mark Elder, conductor, Hallé CD HLL 7544 [67:15]Review by Christopher WebberIt may come as a shock to find that this is the first, new recording of a Bax tone poem to emerge since Chandos’s excellent collection under Andrew ...

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Premiere Recording of Bax's early Orchestral Variations on Dutton

Bax: Variations for Orchestra and works by George Butterworth and Cyril Scott (all premieres) Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Aleksei Kiseliov (cello) Martin Yates, conductor Dutton Epoch CDLX7326 [61:55]Review by Richard R. AdamsMartin Yates continues his resurrection efforts on behalf of British composers by giving us a disc of recorded premieres including a Fantasia for Orchestra by George Butterworth, a tone poem for cello and orchestra by Cyril Scott and the ...

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Cello Concertos by Arnold Bax and Stanley Bate

Cello Concertos by Arnold Bax and Stanley Bate Lionel Handy, cello Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Martin Yates, conductor Lyrita SRCD.351Review by Richard R. AdamsFirst a confession: I’ve always found Bax’s Cello Concerto to be a tough nut to crack. Bax found it difficult to write and to me it sounds as though some of the effort he was experiencing in writing the concerto found its way into the music itself. ...

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Historic Bax from Boyd Neel on Lyrita

Lyrita issue the 1961 premiere of Bax’s Fauré VariationsBenjamin: Ballade for String OrchestraStevens: Sinfonietta for StringsPanufnik: Lullaby ‘Kolysanka’ for 29 strings and 2 harpsBax: Variations on the name Gabriel Fauré for harp and string orchestraThe Boyd Neel Orchestra, c. Boyd NeelBerkeley: Sinfonietta for chamber orchestraLondon Chamber Orchestra, c. Anthony Bernard*BBC Radio Broadcasts, 31 January and 20 March* 1961Lyrita Itter Broadcast Collection REAM.1117 (Mono ADD)Review by Christopher WebberIt is puzzling and ...

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Philip Mead's Private Invitation Concert

Posted by Bax Admin on Mar 9, 20171
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‘For the Fallen’

Posted by Bax Admin on Mar 9, 20172
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Premiere Recording of Bax's early Orchestral Variations on Dutton

Posted by Bax Admin on Aug 17, 20163
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Cello Concertos by Arnold Bax and Stanley Bate

Posted by Bax Admin on Mar 2, 20164
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Historic Bax from Boyd Neel on Lyrita

Posted by Bax Admin on Oct 28, 20155

 

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.