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Bax: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3: November Woods / Tintagel / Summer Music
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Bax: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3: November Woods / Tintagel / Summer Music

1 novembre 2003 | Format : MP3

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  • Performers: Ulster Orchestra, Bryden Thomson
  • Conductors: Bryden Thomson
  • Date de sortie d'origine : 1 septembre 2006
  • Date de sortie: 1 novembre 2003
  • Label: Chandos
  • Copyright: (C) 2003 Chandos
  • Durée totale: 1:12:49
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  • ASIN: B0023O688Y
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par jrl133 le 9 mai 2013
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Sir Arnold Edward Trevor Bax est né en 1883 à Streatham, dans la banlieue londonienne (UK). Issu d'un milieu bourgeois cultivé, Arnold Bax fut éduqué à la maison, mais il entra à l'âge de seize ans au Hampstead Conservatory, où il eut en particulier comme professeur Cecil Sharp (1859-1923), qui fut à l'origine de la « Renaissance folklorique » en Angleterre au début du vingtième siècle, puis à la Royal Academy of Music de Londres, où il fut l'élève de Tobias Matthay (1848-1955), de Julian Egerton (1848-1955) et de Frederick Corder (1852-1932), dont l'enseignement s'appuyait sur les oeuvres de Franz Liszt et de Richard Wagner. Il séjourna par la suite en Irlande, où il découvrit l'oeuvre du poète William Butler Yeats, qui l'influença profondément par la suite ; il éprouvait également une grande attirance pour la littérature nordique, en particulier pour celle de l'écrivain norvégien Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson. Sa musique est très profondément marquée par la musique populaire celte, et plus particulièrement irlandaise, et nordique ; il avait d'ailleurs pour Jean Sibelius une très grande admiration, admiration qui fut réciproque. Arnold Bax est mort en 1953 à Cork (Irlande).Lire la suite ›
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A great disc to begin with Bax 27 octobre 2013
Par johnf - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
There are already three fine reviews here that tell all one needs to know about this disc, so ordinarily I wouldn't write yet another. But with Bax I make an exception, because here is a very fine composer whose music has fallen into obscurity, and if not for Chandos, almost into oblivion.

The label has generously assembled five of his most popular and accessible works which include three of his most masterful works: November Woods, The Garden of Fand and Tintagel. Previously the major works were scattered over several discs with lesser tone poems. Each of these is a superlative work of very complex orchestration, at which Bax was second to no one. He was a genius at playing the orchestra as an instrument and creating new sounds, colors and textures that vividly illustrated the stories and aspects of nature that inspired him. His scores are right up there with Debussy, Ravel and Richard Strauss. The disc also includes the rousting Happy Forest and a mellow, bucolic Summer Music that finds him an inheritor of Delius.

Bax's musical output falls somewhat into two periods, and this is the music of the young Bax, who was a sensitive, romantic youth inspired by Irish legend, nymphs and dryads and all the mythological creatures that so fascinated late nineteenth and early twentieth century artists and composers. Here is a passionate young man who became so infatuated with a touring ballerina that he followed her all the way back to Russia. And so he wrote large, sweeping tone poems that were full of feeling and an almost uncanny pictorial quality, which were widely performed in his day but which fell into neglect as Modernism became the thing after The Great War.

The advent of Modernism caused the eclipse of many fine late Romantic and Postromantic composers who simply fell out of style. Classical music can be very much like fashion and furniture, where the previous style becomes absolutely abhorrent to the current mode and that is more or less what happened to Bax's music; it was so last-year. This is unfortunate but at least Chandos had preserved his legacy for us to hear.

A word about the music itself for those who are new to Bax and are just trying new things. Although his music is tonal and easy to get into, Bax is not a composer of Big Tunes, but rather an orchestral colorist whose music flows and swirls in long passages. For this reason it may take a few listenings before it all comes together, but it is worth it. There is a later side to Bax's music and that is the seven symphonies, all composed after the war. One does not usually start with them, for they are generally dark, cold, forbidding works (though no more difficult that Shostakovich) and are as bracing as a North Sea storm. But what else might one expect from a man who went to the Scottish Highlands in Winter to compose these works. They are best saved for later, with No. 3 of special merit.

The performances are excellent. With Bax we are lucky that the conductors who have championed him have all been top notch and fully understanding of what this music is about. The sound, as all Chandos sound, is the best. For a later listening if you can get a hold of it, is the Lyrita recording of Sir Adrian Boult conducting Bax. With due respect for Thomson, Handley and Lloyd-Jones, his Garden of Fand is one of the most magical, spine-chilling performances I have ever heard.
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brooding, mysterious, atmospheric 7 décembre 2010
Par jsa - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD Achat vérifié
There are several options when it comes to the Bax tone poems, including recordings from Boult, Handley, Lloyd-Jones and Thomson, and all of them are at least very good. Boult's pioneering Lyrita disc is a long-time favorite recorded in excellent stereo sound (Boult conducts Bax), and I would recommend it as a very solid choice. Boult authoritatively covers what are, in my view, the strongest of Bax's works in this category: the first of the three Northern Ballads, Mediterranean, The Garden of Fand, Tintagel, and November Woods.

Vernon Handley, a Baxian of great distinction as established by his top notch cycle of the symphonies, offers all three of the Northern Ballads, Into the Twilight, The Happy Forest, Red Autumn, Nympholept, In the Faery Hills, November Woods, The Garden of Fand and Sinfonietta on two Chandos cd's (Arnold Bax: Tone Poems and Bax: Tone Poems, Volume 2). These discs offer fine performances by the BBC Philharmonic, and are considered the latest word in Bax given the conductor's credentials and the 2005-2007 recording dates.

Then we have this disc of Bryden Thomson's recordings which date from 1982 and 1983. While Thomson's recordings of the symphonies came on the heels of several classic Lyrita recordings from the likes of Norman Del, Myer Fredman and Raymond Leppard, he nevertheless proved to be a Baxian of great distinction who most effectively communicated the atmospheric vs the dramatic in Bax's music. His reading of the Third symphony is representative in this respect. For this reason, his recordings of the tone poems, which are essentially atmospheric pieces, are among the best I've heard. He presents the brooding and mysterious elements in these wonderful scores in a way like no other, all recorded in excellent sound.

If I were to recommend a starting place for those who are new to the symphonic music of Arnold Bax, I would pick this disc and/or Thomson's recording of the Third symphony (Symphony 3 / Dance of Wild Irravel).
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Truly competitive performances 21 décembre 2008
Par G.D. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
Along with their new release of the symphonies come these reissues of orchestral works, repackaged and recombined (in order to complement rather than compete with the new Handley release, I assume). Volume 3 provides us with some of his most tone poems.

November Woods and The Happy Forest present, as the titles might imply, different aspects of Bax' ability to depict nature in its various forms and moods. They are indeed atmospheric works, the former bleak and dark, the latter rustic and sunny, but with more than a touch of Baxian mysticism. These are indeed vintage Bax, more so than the Delian Summer Music.

The Garden of Fand and Tintagel are possibly the most famous of his 22 symphonic poems, and they are both arguably masterpieces. The Garden of Fand is deeply steeped in influences from Celtic mythology, enhanced by impressionistic effects. It is quite simply a glorious work. Tintagel, perhaps his most famous piece, draws instead on King Arthur, and is more Wagnerian than impressionist (though reminiscences of Debussy are not that hard to detect).

Bryden Thomson and the Ulster orchestra play these works at least as well as Lloyd-Jones on Naxos and indeed there isn't much to distinguish them from the newer set under Vernon Handley. Sound quality is excellent, too. Strongly recommended.
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Light orchestral music by Arnold Bax 12 janvier 2013
Par Dr. H. A. Jones - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
To call this `English light music' is in no way intended to be derogatory. There are four `easy-listening' symphonic studies here reflecting moods of nature by the relatively little-heard English composer Arnold Bax. For more than a decade Bax was `Master of the King's Music'. Bax was a brilliant pianist and wrote many compositions for the piano, but it is his orchestral music we hear most often, probably because of its accessibility to the listener, even on first hearing. The four pieces here are November Woods, The Happy Forest, The Garden of Fand (inspired by the folk legends of Ireland as much as by the sight and sound of the Atlantic Ocean crashing on the western shoreline), Summer Music (inspired by a hot windless day in the woodland of southern England) and Tintagel (a village on the northern Atlantic shore of Cornwall and asociated with the legend of King Arthur and the Round Table). This CD on which the music is played by the Ulster Orchestra conducted by Bryden Thomson is an excellent place to start if you don't know Bax's music.
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