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5.0 out of 5 stars THE STUFF OF LEGENDS...FUEL YOUR IMAGINATION!!, 10 April 2009
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This review is from: Bax: Symphonic Poems (Audio CD)
Well, I had never heard a note of Arnold Bax prior to this but I shall be searching for a LOT more now!
These are all excellent compositions that all compliment one another. The highlights for me are the atmospheric & evocative Tintagel with it's lush Arthurian themes of myth & legend and closing piece November Woods which is a brilliant musical work - You can hear the sounds of weather, nature & wind painstakingly recreated in the score. Apparently Bax was on a downer at the time so there's a darker element to this one. The other pieces are all just as good really and all are vivid & lively affairs that stir the fertile imagination.
Just listen to Tintagel, and I defy you not to visualise craggy rocks,the spray of the sea and the power of the elements - in similiar fashion to Mendelsohnn's Fingal's Cave/Hebrides work.
The word that comes to mind here is Cinematic, and I can certainly hear the influence of Bax on many of todays soundtrack composers esp James Horner. It's not completely dissimiliar to the style that Holst employed on his Planets suite, and like Gustav's masterpiece, these Symphonic Poems are a great starter for the Classically curious of mind.
If you have not heard Bax, I can safely say that if you like Wagner(not as heavy though), Holst, Stravinsky, Rachmaninov, Bruckner or Sibelius then I would fancy this wil be to your taste.
As per se with Naxos, recording/sound are excellent with the usual detailed liner notes that give great insight into each of the 5 pieces.
At this price, for this quality, you'd be mad not to order!
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Initial post: 26 Aug 2009 12:22:05 BDT
Mondoro says:
This voting pattern strains my credulity. I have checked many Bax reviews recently, and found at the most two to four votes was typical. This sounds suspiciously 'arranged' to me. Ignore the no votes - this is a good review of a good CD which I own.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2012 21:09:20 BDT
Bedinog says:
I know this comment is 3 years late, but I would simply add my recommendation-not because i have either purchased or heard the CD but simply because these are among the most accessible of all Bax, in what many have described as fine performances. I'm not sure there are any poor Bax CDs around, but this particular programme is sure to win new converts, or at least encourage exploration, and this can be no bad thing, especially as 20th century British composers still tend to be regarded as not quite front rank (unless it's Elgar).
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