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BAX: Symphony No. 3 / The Happy Forest

Composer(s):Bax, Arnold
Artist(s) Lloyd-Jones, David, Conductor • Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.553608
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

David Lloyd-Jones continues his admirable Bax series with a warmly idiomatic account of the Third Symphony of 1929, spacious in the long first movement and the meditative slow movement, defying any diffuseness of argument. The playing of the Scottish Orchestra is clear and refined, helped by the transparency of the recording, clarifying often thick textures. From earlier in Bax’s career The Happy Forest, described as a ‘nature poem’, provides a refreshing contrast in its youthful energy, tauter, less expansive.

Review By Lewis Foreman,The British Music Society,March 2000

"...there is no doubt about it that in many ways this new Naxos recoding is the best so far: a conductor and orchestra who demonstrably seem to relish Bax's romantic orchestral writing; a splendid recorded sound and a budget label. What more cold one want? ... In fact, almost everything about Lloyd Jones's performance is so 'right' one wonders whether he and the orchestra have been playing the music all their lives instead of coming together for it only in the studio. The opening bassoon solo and the ensuing intertwining winds is more expressive and involving than any I have heard (which includes among broadcasts and live performances conducted by Sargent, del Mar, Handford and Handley), while the various transitions between fast and slow music always feel inevitable in Lloyd


Review By Maxim Lawrence,Classics,April 2000

"Un excellent nouveau jalon consacré à Bax."

"An excellent new milestone devoted to Bax."

Review By Geoffrey Norris,The Daily Telegraph (Australia),February 2000

"While it is not unusual for a composer, however much lauded in his lifetime, to suffer neglect after his death, the rehabilitation of Sir Arnold Bax is long overdue. Listening to this new disc of his Third Symphony in Naxos's Gramophone award-winning series of British music, it is hard to understand why Bax cannot now make the occasional final leap back into concert-hall programmes, for it is strong, evocative stuff.
Bax was not of the namby-pamby school of English music. This symphony, completed in 1929 and first performed by Sir Henry Wood the following year, is muscular and cogent in its thematic ideas and structural workings, and glows in its command of orchestral colouring. There is also a potent, bard-like atmosphere to it, which David Lloyd-Jones and the RSNO capture with



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