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BAX: Piano Works, Vol. 4 - Music for 2 Pianos


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BAX: Piano Works, Vol. 4 - Music for 2 Pianos

Although best known for his symphonic poems and symphonies, Bax also wrote prolifically for the piano, his instrument from the first. The two-piano music heard on this recording was written mostly in the late 1920s for the husband and wife piano duet team of Ethel Bartlett and Rae Robertson. It encompasses captivating miniatures such as The Poisoned Fountain, whose repeated piano figuration is evocative of flowing water, the impressionistic Moy Mell (An Irish Tone-Poem) and Hardanger, which emulates the style of Grieg’s folk-style piano music. The large-scale Sonata for Two Pianos includes a slow movement which is formally similar to some of the orchestral tone poems, and evokes an ancient Celtic world in a striking parallel with Bax’s orchestral The Garden of Fand.

Bax, Arnold

  Festival Overture (arr. for 2 pianos)
1.   Festival Overture (arr. for 2 pianos) 00:13:51
  The Poisoned Fountain
2.   The Poisoned Fountain 00:04:12
  Moy Mell, "The Pleasant Plain, an Irish Tone Poem"
3.   Moy Mell, "The Pleasant Plain, an Irish Tone Poem" 00:09:02
  Sonata for 2 Pianos
4.   I. Molto moderato (quasi andante) - Allegretto scherzando (ma non troppo presto) 00:08:57
5.   II. Lento espressivo 00:07:59
6.   III. Vivace e feroce (ma non troppo presto) 00:04:48
  The Devil that Tempted St Anthony
7.   The Devil that Tempted St Anthony 00:06:31
  Red Autumn
8.   Red Autumn 00:05:33
9.   Hardanger 00:03:30

Total Playing Time: 01:04:23

Bax, Arnold

Roscoe, Martin; Wass, Ashley

Label: Naxos

Genre: Instrumental

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.570413

Barcode: 747313041374

Physical Release: 09/2007

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