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14 Aug. 2007 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 28 Aug. 2007
  • Label: Lyrita
  • Copyright: 2007 Lyrita
  • Total Length: 1:02:09
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  • ASIN: B001HKA8WW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,158 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Colin Fortune VINE VOICE on 28 Jan. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is a magnificent disc. The recordings were of demonstration quality when they appeared in the 1970's and they still strike the ear with fine and rich sound. Sir Adrian Boult's interpretations are, simply, peerless. Tintagel is a hugely exciting sea-scape (with reminiscences of Wagner's Tristan), The Garden of Fand is as evocative of the sea and Celtic legend as you will ever want - and is as fine a piece as anything by Debussy or Ravel. November Woods is not just a piece of tone painting of nature but reflects the turmoil of spirits of the composer - veering between sadness and ecstasy - on his cycle journeys to an illicit love affair (past woods in November weather). Northern Ballad Number 1 received its first recording here and is more lucid and dramatic than even the recent fine recording by Vernon Handley on Chandos Bax - Tone Poems, Vol 2 and Mediterranean is a charming mood piece lasting just a few minutes.

Boult and the LPO are quite superb in all this music and the disc provides a very good introduction to Bax as it couples together some of his more popular works with some of the more rare (Northern Ballad, for example). Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 May 2013
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This very famous recording dates from the late 1960's. That early date also coincided with a golden age of recording when simple techniques with fewer microphones could achieve more realistic effects than more sophisticated later techniques. In other words, the balance was largely achieved by the musicians at the point of performance and it was that which was recorded as faithfully as possible using a microphone coverage of basically left, right and centre stage plus depth of field.

The five Tone Poems included on this disc, which is now quite famous among collectors and often referred to as a benchmark recording, contain at least four of the most impressive such works written by Bax. No matter how many alternative recording are owned by collectors of Northern Ballade No. 1, The Garden of Fand, November Woods and, of course, Tintagel, it is unlikely that they will find any to match these for splendour or atmosphere. Barbirolli came close with Tintagel and the Garden of Fand but neither his orchestra/s nor the recordings can match those on this disc by Boult. Handley has also made good recordings of these works and would be a very strong recommendation, if it were not for the presence of this one.

Sometimes there is a disc which comes up as particularly special where the music making and the recording conspire to produce an event of special note. That has happened in this case.

I would suggest that no matter how many other recordings collectors or prospective purchasers have of this music, this disc by Boult and his colleagues deserves to be considered as an essential addition to the Bax discography.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr R.Martin on 28 Dec. 2013
Format: Audio CD
I first encountered this magical piece on a *mono L.P. reissue (was it Decca Ace of Clubs or Eclipse ?) that my father purchased when I was still a young teenager in the late 1960's. A few decades afterwards, C.D.'s slowly started to appear on the market and shortly after he had amassed a decent selection of new Compact Discs, one day totally unbeknown to me, he simply decided to dispense with his entire collection of vinyl records at a local jumble sale...aarrrrgh !

I seem to recall that the L.P. also included a superb rendition of Sir Malcolm Arnold's set of English Dances, Op. 27 and 33, as well as two Chansons by Sir Edward Elgar. The recording of Bax's Tintagel took place at the Kingsway Hall in London during 1955 and featured the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.

That *mono L.P. still remains the personal benchmark by which I measure ALL other performances, but it is perhaps interesting to note that inexplicably Sir Adrian never actually made a stereo recording of Tintagel, which to all intents and purposes seems a slightly odd oversight ?

Whilst in Cornwall during the summer of 1917, Bax was involved in a deeply passionate affair with the pianist Harriet Cohen and it is generally accepted that it was this romance which motivated him to compose such an evocative tone-poem. His other inspiration for Tintagel must surely have been due to the dramatic site of the 'Arthurian' castle ruins, magnificently situated on the craggy windswept coastline of northern Cornwall.

However, if you are searching for a DEFINITIVE contemporary stereo interpretation of Tintagel, then look no further than the superlative Lyrita SRCD231 C.D...(buy with absolute confidence)...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Aug. 2007
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Three masterpieces and two intriguing rarities ('Northern Ballad' and 'Mediterranean') on this very welcome CD. Bax had a talent for wistful, romantic melodies, an interest in Celtic legend and the ability to create a pretty tight and effective musical structure within the fairly generous peramaters of the tone poem. These 1970s recordings are really first-rate, very well balanced, very immediate, very fresh. To my mind, Boult is the ideal conductor for this music ; his skill in moulding these beautiful phrases allied with his very strong sense of structure do full justice to the works. There are so many beauties on the disc, and such a strong sense of atmosphere, and the best pieces really do stand repeated listening (I know ; I've had the old Lyrita LPs for about 30 years now!). So it is excellent that these recordings have made it to CD, and they deserve a wide public which will, I am sure, also be an appreciative one,
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Best introduction to Bax...and maybe Boult 22 Feb. 2008
By Larry VanDeSande - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I wasn't much for English music when Lyrita recordings were big in the LP era, setting high standards for performance and sound reproduction, so I never got into them at that time. Since their reincarnation in the CD era, just about every critic older than age 40 has waxed both philosophic and nostalgic over the return of these old friends. This Lyrita recording features one of England's greatest 20th century conductors performing one of its better 20th century composers.

My introduction to the music of Arnold Bax (1883-1953) is still ongoing, but I've heard enough of his orchestral music now to understand his place in English musical history. He is a time and place counterpart to Frederick Delius, who one perhaps the greatest colorist among modern English composers. Like Delius -- the author of highly perfumed scores about subjects as far apart as the English landscape and Florida -- Bax blended romance wiht French impressionism, sometimes with an Irish or Scottish influence. Both wrote descriptive romantic music like the orchstral tone poems included on this disk.

Where Bax is both in league with and ventures away from Delius can be heard perhaps best in the symphonic tone poem "The Garden of Fand", a 16-plus minutes episode that alternates loving and bucolic string portamento against loud and brassy bluster in the height of the score's romantic arc. Adrian Boult is expert in this music and brings forth all the qualities that merge pastoral beauty with Celtic language, English breadth, dignity and high romance.

As for the sound, I see what all the critics must have liked about Lyrita in the LP days. If you are too young to have experienced that, you missed a time when many collectors thought the best sounding music was being produced. There's no question today's digital technology lets us hear things we never heard on long-playing records. Yet questions remain to this day whether digital technology is the way music actually sounds or whether it is to music what high definition television is to its images -- something that it makes them better than they are in real life. Or tries to do so, in any event.

This Lyrita recording, which I accept as exemplar of the line, is fabulous sounding with truthful and warm reproduction of every section of the orchestral, short of some thumping timpani that would have been actuely more well defined in DDD. But this is small price to pay for such a keepsake of Bax -- a wonderful introduction to the moods he creates through his orchestral pictures. I can hardly think of a better way to begin to know the composer than through the five pieces here in completely realized advocacy by Adrian Boult.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Best Tintagel ever ... other works great, too 17 Jun. 2007
By Classic Music Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sir Adrian Boult was one of the best interpreters of Sir Arnold Bax's music of the earlier generation, generally better IMHO than Barbirolli or Beecham, even though both of those conductors made wonderful recordings of The Garden of Fand before this one was recorded. The Tintagel interpretation by Boult is absolutely the best one on disk -- and there are so many to choose from these days including Thomson, Handley, Barbirolli, Marriner and others. In this particular performance, no one quite matches Boult's ability to conjure up the seascape --- including that magnificent crashing wave at the conclusion of the work.

Boult's performances of the Northern Ballad #1 and Mediterranean are also the best ones to be had on disk today. As for The Garden of Fand, the early stereo version by Barbirolli is a touch more effective, while you'll probably do better with Handley's new recording of November Woods on Chandos. But all-in-all this disk is a treasure, and Lyrita's rich, vital engineering capturing the London Phil in top form is just the icing on the cake. For an introduction to the special soundworld of Bax and his highly expressive music, I guarantee you won't be disappointed in this disk.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Boult's brilliant Bax interpretations 28 Mar. 2007
By L. Johan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This Lyrita recording has a legendary status: here we find the superb collection of Sir Adrian Boult's outstanding interpretations of Arnold Bax's best tone poems.

Bax's arresting and moving romantic masterpieces, "The Garden Of Fand", "Tintagel", and "November Woods", should be in every serious collection of classical music, and this is the recording to own. Recorded in 1967, we hear the excellent interpretations of Bax's supreme champion. These interpretations are outstanding, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra plays with confidence and passion under Boult's baton.

In addition, you get "Northern Ballad No.1" and "Mediterranean" as well, which are more "easy pieces" from Bax. But these interpretations are of course outstanding too.

Sound is excellent: vintage analogue in fine remasterings.

Warmly recommended!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
One of Boult's very best recordings - and that says a lot 29 May 2013
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This very famous recording dates from the late 1960's. That early date also coincided with a golden age of recording when simple techniques with fewer microphones could achieve more realistic effects than more sophisticated later techniques. In other words, the balance was largely achieved by the musicians at the point of performance and it was that which was recorded as faithfully as possible using a microphone coverage of basically left, right and centre stage plus depth of field.

The five Tone Poems included on this disc, which is now quite famous among collectors and often referred to as a benchmark recording, contain at least four of the most impressive such works written by Bax. No matter how many alternative recording are owned by collectors of Northern Ballade No. 1, The Garden of Fand, November Woods and, of course, Tintagel, it is unlikely that they will find any to match these for splendour or atmosphere. Barbirolli came close with Tintagel and the Garden of Fand but neither his orchestra/s nor the recordings can match those on this disc by Boult. Handley has also made good recordings of these works and would be a very strong recommendation, if it were not for the presence of this one.

Sometimes there is a disc which comes up as particularly special where the music making and the recording conspire to produce an event of special note. That has happened in this case.

I would suggest that no matter how many other recordings collectors or prospective purchasers have of this music, this disc by Boult and his colleagues deserves to be considered as an essential addition to the Bax discography.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
still the best 7 Oct. 2011
By John K. Gayley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I recently purchased this CD after having owned the pieces on vinyl 30 years ago, courtesy of the quickly-defunct American licensing company HNH.

Since these were recorded in '68 and '72, there have been a number of other very good renditions of these pieces....Handley, Thomson, Lloyd-Jones (to name just the big ones). As a set, however, Boult's renditions are still, to my mind, the best. His understanding of Bax's pacing, thrust and orchestral color are unparalleled. I was thunderstruck (30 years hence) at how good Boult's Tintagel is. Wow. You feel the wind on your face on the bluffs and taste the salt spray as you listen.

Lyrita CDs cost a little more...always have. But the sound quality is unbelievable, and step above even the well-advertised merits of the Chandos recordings. Highly recommended.
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