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BAX: Violin Sonatas, Vol. 2 (No. 2, Sonata in F Major)


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BAX: Violin Sonatas, Vol. 2 (No. 2, Sonata in F Major)

A far cry from the heart-on-sleeve romanticism of his First Violin Sonata (Naxos 8.557540), Bax’s Second Violin Sonata reflects the composer’s concerns regarding the First World War. This is particularly evident in the second movement, described by the composer as a ‘dance of death’ in which the violin remains muted throughout. The Legend and Ballad were composed around the time of Bax’s finest symphonic poems and share those works’ refined drama as well as their lush exoticism. The unnumbered Sonata in F, actually Bax’s fourth and last Violin Sonata, was suppressed by the composer during his lifetime as he soon scored it as the Nonet. It was not performed as a sonata until the celebrations for the centenary of Bax’s birth in 1983.

Bax, Arnold

  Violin Sonata No. 2
1.   I. Slow and gloomy 00:07:13
2.   II. The Grey Dancer in the Twilight 00:05:45
3.   III. Very broad and concentrated 00:08:57
4.   IV. Allegro feroce 00:09:00
5.   Ballad 00:06:48
  Legend for Violin and Piano
6.   Legend for Violin and Piano 00:09:28
  Violin Sonata in G Minor
7.   Violin Sonata in G Minor 00:07:34
  Violin Sonata in F Major
8.   I. Molto moderato 00:09:39
9.   II. Allegro 00:09:06

Total Playing Time: 01:13:30

Bax, Arnold

Jackson, Laurence; Wass, Ashley

Label: Naxos

Genre: Chamber Music

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.570094

Barcode: 0747313009473

Physical Release: 11/2007

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