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BAX, A.: Spring Fire / DELIUS, F.: Idylle Printemps / The March of the Spring / BRIDGE, F.: Enter Spring (English Spring) (Halle Orchestra, Elder)

Composer(s):Bax, ArnoldBridge, FrankDelius, Frederick
Artist(s) Elder, Mark, Conductor • Halle Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue CDHLL7528
Label Halle
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 9.99
 

 

   




Review By Andrew Achenbach ,Gramophone,August 2011

Elder and the Hallé on peak form in a boldly imaginative programme

The premiere of Bax’s 1913 symphonic poem Spring Fire was to have taken place at the following year’s Norwich Festival but the war intervened; a projected 1916 performance under Beecham was also cancelled. Sadly, Bax never heard the piece and subsequently quarried material from it for other compositions. Inspired by the opening chorus from Swinburne’s pagan poem “Atalanta in Calydon” and scored for a very large orchestra, Spring Fire serves up a feast for the ears and is positively teeming with seductive thematic invention, its penetrating harmonic scope and formal ambition prophetic of even greater achievements to come.

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