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BAX, A.: Symphonic Variations / Concertante for Piano Left Hand (Wass, Bournemouth Symphony, Judd)


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BAX, A.: Symphonic Variations / Concertante for Piano Left Hand (Wass, Bournemouth Symphony, Judd)

Bax completed five works for piano and orchestra, beginning in 1916 with the highly virtuosic Symphonic Variations dedicated to the pianist Harriet Cohen. The work was likened by Rosa Newmarch, who wrote the programme note for the first performance, ‘to some great epic poem dealing with the adventures of a hero…passing through a number of different experiences.’ The Concertante for Piano (Left Hand) and Orchestra (1949) is on a smaller scale. The romantic slow movement opens with a beautiful and haunting piano tune which gives way to a brooding atmospheric middle section, coloured by typical Baxian orchestral textures, like swirling mists in a nocturnal vision of some Irish coastal vista.

Bax, Arnold

  Symphonic Variations in E Major
1.   Part I: Theme: Lento espressivo - 00:02:31
2.   Part I: Variation 1, "Youth": Allegro: Restless and tumultuous - 00:04:11
3.   Part I: Variation 2, "Nocturne": Slow and serene, Broadly - 00:06:36
4.   Part I: Variation 3, "Strife": Allegro vivace 00:07:39
5.   Part II: Variation 4, "The Temple": Slow and solemn - 00:09:46
6.   Part II: Variation 5, "Play": Scherzo: Allegretto vivace - Intermezzo, "Enchantment": Very moderate tempo - 00:10:27
7.   Part II: Variation 6, "Triumph": Moderate tempo: Glowing and passionate 00:04:39
  Concertante for Piano Left Hand
8.   I. Allegro moderato 00:08:08
9.   II. Moderato tranquillo 00:07:47
10.   III. Rondo: Allegro moderato 00:06:27

Total Playing Time: 01:08:11

Bax, Arnold

Judd, James

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Wass, Ashley

Label: Naxos

Genre: Concertos; Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.570774

Barcode: 747313077472

Physical Release: 04/2009

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