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BAX: Symphony No. 6 / Into the Twilight

BAX: Symphony No. 6 / Into the Twilight

Composer(s):Bax, Arnold
Artist(s) Lloyd-Jones, David, Conductor • Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.557144
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

David Lloyd-Jones’s account of the magnificent Sixth has sweep and breadth, and the splendid Naxos recording has plenty of range, detail and presence. Into the Twilight (1909) is prefaced by a quotation from Yeats and its rich, luxuriant textures are fully characteristic of the mature Bax. Summer Music (1921, revised 1932) was dedicated to Beecham, and it is an affecting piece for a much smaller orchestra than we associate with the composer, though the sonority he produces is characteristically sumptuous. David Lloyd-Jones secures eloquent playing from the Scottish orchestra throughout.

Review By Stephen Johnson,BBC Music Magazine,April 2003

"...the Sixth Symphony: full of the kind of sumptuous orchestral fantasy that makes the best works so attractive, but with a sustained strength of purpose unlike any of the other symphonies. David Lloyd-Jones and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra balance those two crucial sides of this work better than in any other version I've heard... By keeping at least one hand on the reins, Lloyd-Jones makes a compelling case for Bax as a real symphonist ­V capable of dreaming without letting himself get fatally distracted."


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