ARNOLD BAX (1883-1953): Four Orchestral Pieces (World Premiere Recording), Phantasy for Viola and Orchestra, Overture, Elegy and Rondo.
Catalogue Number: 10Q004
Reference: CHAN 10829
Description: These are the original, large-orchestra versions of four works composed in 1912-13, the first three of which were revised in 1928 as Three Pieces for Small Orchestra (the fourth, The Dance of Wild Irravel, existed on its own and has been recorded before). So, the original Pensive Twilight became Evening Piece, Dance in the Sun became Dance in the Sunlight and From the Mountains of Home became Irish Landscape. The out-of-print EMI disc from the mid-80s conducted by Jeffrey Tate is the only one I know of which had all three of the small-orchestra Pieces (a Lyrita CD with Vernon Handley has Irish Landscape), so these are extremely rare items in either version. As is the Overture, Elegy and Rondo which comes from 1927, between the second and third symphonies and which, while immediately identifiable as Bax through its orchestration, has a much more classical, clear approach to its thematic material. Its only other recording was a 22-year-old Marco Polo reissued 11 years ago on Naxos. Philip Dukes (viola), BBC Philharmonic; Andrew Davis.