Bax: Symphony No. 2 & Winter Legends

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English composer Arnold Bax was born in the late nineteenth century but had his maturity and came to prominence in the first half of the twentieth. His was an affluent and literate London-based family and Bax was able to pursue a dazzling career undistracted by worldly necessities. He had no need to earn a living, teach, give concerts, court the great and good or chase commissions. In this sense he was like his ultimately more popular contemporary Vaughan Williams. No stranger to writing songs, chamber music and piano solos, Bax seemed most fluently at ease with the orchestra. The Second Symphony, written in London and Geneva, carries a dedication to Serge Koussevitsky who directed the premiere with his Boston Symphony Orchestra on 13 December 1929. Eugene Goossens gave the United Kingdom premiere on 30 May 1930. Bax who had not been able to travel to Boston, wrote: “I feel very grateful to Eugene for his brilliant performance … which lifted it at last for me into a purely abstract world. So for the moment I feel unduly tender towards its grim features.”
Item number REAM1137
Barcode 5020926113726
Release date 11/3/2017
Category Orchestral
Number of units 1
Classical Composer McCabe, John
Goossens, Eugène
Conductor Leppard, Raymond
Orchestra BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra
Disc: 1
Symphony No. 2 in E Minor and C Major00:39:24
1 I. Molto moderato - Allegro moderato 00:14:41 BBC Symphony Orchestra Goossens, Eugène
2 II. Andante 00:11:58 BBC Symphony Orchestra Goossens, Eugène
3 III. Poco largamente - Allegro feroce - Molto larg 00:10:07 Goossens, Eugène BBC Symphony Orchestra
Winter Legends00:43:25
4 I. Allegro 00:15:03 McCabe, John Leppard, Raymond BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra
5 II. Lento, molto espressivo 00:14:00 McCabe, John Leppard, Raymond BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra
6 III. Molto moderato - Allegro molto 00:08:47 McCabe, John Leppard, Raymond BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra
7 III. Epilogue: Molto cantabile 00:05:03 McCabe, John Leppard, Raymond BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra
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