Arnold Bax - Northern Ballad No.1 • Mediterranean • The Garden of Fand • Tintagel • November Woods

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Adrian Boult, conductor

Label: Lyrita
Copyright: 1992 Lyrita Recorded Edition, England
Catalogue number: SRCD.231
UPC/EAN: 5020926023124
Format: CD
Analogue / Digital recording: ADD
Number of discs: 1
Total playing time: 62.14
Price: £ 14.99 (+ postage & packing)

Recorded at Walthmastow, 3 to 5 January 1972, Producer: David Harvey, Engineers: James Lock, John Dunkerley

"This disc very usefully brings together all of the Bax recordings made by Boult for Lyrita. His Performance of [November Woods] is masterly and he generates a great deal of tension, atmosphere and drama. Here is Boult at his very best" Gramophone

"I have listened to this disc repeatedly since receiving it for review and will continue to do so with great pleasure. It opens with Northern Ballad No.1 and closes with November Woods – two fantastic Bax recordings – and affords many joys in between, minor shortcomings notwithstanding ..." Tim Perry, Click here to read the full review

"Sir Adrian’s radiant belief in Bax’s music shines through every note on this disc. Here are three of Bax’s finest compositions (the symphonic poems) in performances and recordings that can only be described as resplendent, with two interesting shorter pieces as make-weights ... From an execution point of view, the Boult recordings on Lyrita seem head and shoulders above the rest, this despite the excellence of some of the other issues ..." Colin Clarke, Click here to read the full review

"The performances remain all that one could want: atmospheric, very well played, and beautifully engineered. We've come a long way in our knowledge of this fine composer since the days when Lyrita alone carried the torch for Bax, but these recordings wear their years very lightly and still offer as much listening pleasure as when they were new. For a single-disc collection of the major tone poems, you can't do better than this ..." David Hurwitz, Click here to read the full review

1 Northern Ballad no.1 Arnold Bax 10.10
2 Mediterranean Arnold Bax 3.20
3 Symphonic Poem The Garden of Fand Arnold Bax 16.37
4 Symphonic Poem Tintagel Arnold Bax 13.28
5 Symphonic Poem November Woods Arnold Bax 18.36

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