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Arnold Bax Symphony in F (realised by Martin Yates)
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Bax Symphony number nought at last! The piano score of Arnold Bax's Symphony in F of 1907 was completed by its composer but never orchestrated, and has long been one of the great "might-have-beens" of the British symphonic repertoire, along with Elgar's Third Symphony and E. J. Moeran's Second. Unlike Elgar and Moeran, Bax actually completed his symphony, and now Martin Yates has set it into full score, managing to catch the elusive, idiomatic sound of Bax's orchestra in a convincing way we never expected to hear. The glorious second movement in particular, on a similar scale to his many later tone poems, is revealed as a striking and poetic creation in which Bax finds his voice. All lovers of English music will want to get to grips with this epic, romantic score. Symphony in F (1907) Realised and orchestrated by Martin Yates (2013) Royal Scottish National Orchestra Martin Yates (conductor) World premiere recordings Recorded at RSNO Centre, Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, 15-16 August 2013 CDLX7308
Top Customer Reviews
That said, I find the first two movements quite memorable and Baxian, especially the 2nd. The scherzo is passable...but still too long.
My solution, try listening to ONLY the first three movements and experience a quite marvelous very early Bax three movement symphony (as are all the others). The scherzo comes off better as a finale.
I have enjoyed it immensely that way. I thus avoid the colossal disappointment with the original finale.
Yates' orchestration is a marvel and sounds just as if done by Bax.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a tremedous achievement by Yates and bears repeated listening. Whilst it could be argued that the orchestration is ahead of anything Bax could have achieved at the time,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mr. P. Stevens
This symphony was written in 1907, when Bax was twenty four years old, Although the progress of its music is somewhat awkward, there are a lot of melodies which appear frequently... Read morePublished 24 months ago by SHIGERU TAKAMORI