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 single exception—the slow movement of the Sonata in B flat—these are all world premières, and for that reason alone will be required listening for Bax enthusiasts.
Piano music by Arnold Bax and Harriet Cohen. Strangely, the only pieces here to be published in their own time were Cohen’s four, brief Russian Impressions, and I wish I could report that they were better than pleasant makeweights. I’m glad to have heard this first recording, but nothing in these derivative, oddly directionless miniatures made me eager to revisit Cohen the composer. As Germaine Greer puts it, mediocrity is mediocrity, even where its creator is female. Let’s be grateful that Harriet Cohen’s magnetic artistry and personality gave birth to Bax’s remarkable musical world, and that Mark Bebbington has brought some of their obscurer riches into the light of day. This is truly a disc to treasure.
Arnold BAX (1883-1953) Complete symphonies (1922-39) Overture: Rogue’s Comedy (1936) Tintagel (1919) BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Vernon Handley Recorded in Studio 7, BBC Broadcasting House, Manchester, 4 January 2002 to 5 September 2003 CHANDOS CHAN 10122 (Five CD set)[355’28] Review by …Continue reading →
Sir Arnold Bax Website Bax: Sonata in D for clarinet and piano; Sonata in E for clarinet and piano; Romance for clarinet and piano; Trio in B flat; Trio in one movement; Folk-Tale for cello and piano. Robert Plane (clarinet), …Continue reading →
Bax: In the Faery Hills, November Woods, The Garden of Fand , Sinfonietta. BBC Philharmonic, Vernon Handley. Recorded in Studio 7, New Broadcasting House,Manchester , 20 and 21 April 2005 . Chandos CHAN 10362. Duration: 75:44. Reviewed by Graham …Continue reading →
SUMMER WITH BAX A fresh take on reality DILYS GATER (with Paul Gater) Foreword by Ellen Kent Anecdotes, 2006 (£9.95) ISBN 1-898670-09-9 9 781898 670094 review by CHRISTOPHER WEBBER The Medium and the Message Bax is a …Continue reading →
Bax: What the Minstrel told us, A Mountain Mood, The Maiden with the Daffodil,Pæan, A Hill Tune, Mediterranean, The Princess’s Rose Garden, Two Russian Tone-Pictures, Lullaby, Sleepy-Head. Ashley Wass (piano). Naxos 8.557769. Review by Graham …Continue reading →
Bax: Review of a recital given by Laurence Jackson (violin) and Ashley Wass (piano) at The Chapel, 64 Park Lane, Norwich, on Sunday 20 November 2005 at 6.30 p.m. Review by Graham Parlett All-Bax recitals are not exactly thick on …Continue reading →
Sir Arnold Bax Website Bax: Garden of Fand , Tintagel, November Woods, The Happy Forest , The Tale the Pine-Trees Knew. David Lloyd-Jones, Conductor Royal Scottish National Orchestra Naxos- 8.557599 Review by Richard R. Adams David …Continue reading →
Arnold Bax and Jack Moeran together again in Ireland Tuesday 7 June 2005, 8pm John Field Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin Degani Ensemble An unusual and, in the second half at least, splendid concert took place in the John Field …Continue reading →