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ARNOLD BAX  

(1883 - 1953)

Arnold Bax, English by birth, found through reading the poet W.B. Yeats a latent affinity with things Irish. The Celtic element, in consequence, plays a large part in his work and thought. He occupied an important place in English music in his own time and was knighted in 1937. At its best his music has a compelling charm and power.

Film Music

Bax wrote scores for the films Oliver Twist, the war-time Malta GC and Journey into History.

Orchestral Music

In addition to his seven symphonies Bax wrote a series of evocative tone poems of Celtic implication, including The Garden of Fand, November Woods and Tintagel. There are concertos for cello, for viola and for violin; Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra; and Concertante for piano left hand and orchestra. The latter was written for Harriet Cohen, with whom he had a long relationship.

Chamber Music

Bax wrote three numbered string quartets, various quintets, an interesting viola sonata, three violin sonatas, and works for larger instrumental groups, including a nonet for wind and string instruments and an octet for horn, piano and string sextet.

Vocal and Choral Music

Bax’s choral works include settings of traditional carols, while his solo songs allow him to explore more Celtic ground in a variety of settings, ranging from A Celtic Song Cycle to settings of poems by James Joyce, J.M. Synge, and the English writers Clifford Bax (his brother) and A.E. Housman.

Piano Music

Bax wrote seven piano sonatas, some unpublished, and a number of pieces for piano solo or duo, many with evocative titles.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Sacred Naxos 8.501062

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BAX / BLISS: Oboe Quintets / BRITTEN: Phantasy Quartet BIS
BIS-CD-763
Chamber Music
BAX, A.: Piano Quintet in G Minor / BRIDGE, F.: Piano Quintet in D Minor (Wass, Tippett Quartet) Naxos
8.572474
Chamber Music
BAX, A.: Piano Sonatas (Complete) (Endres) Oehms Classics
OC565
Instrumental
BAX, A.: Quintet for harp and strings / IBERT, J.: Trio / MALIPIERO, G.: Sonata a 5 (Newell) (1952) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80496
Chamber Music
BAX, A.: Symphonic Variations / Concertante for Piano Left Hand (Wass, Bournemouth Symphony, Judd) Naxos
8.570774
Orchestral, Concertos
BAX, A.: Winter Legends / Morning Song / Saga Fragment (Wass, Bournemouth Symphony, Judd) Naxos
8.572597
Orchestral, Concertos
BAX: Clarinet Sonatas / Piano Trio / Trio in One Movement Naxos
8.557698
Chamber Music
BAX: Harp Quintet / Elegiac Trio / Fantasy Sonata Naxos
8.554507
Chamber Music
BAX: Piano Works, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.557439
Instrumental
BAX: Piano Works, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.557592
Instrumental
BAX: Piano Works, Vol. 3 Naxos
8.557769
Instrumental
BAX: Piano Works, Vol. 4 - Music for 2 Pianos Naxos
8.570413
Instrumental
BAX: Sinfonietta / Overture, Elegy and Rondo Marco Polo
8.223102
Orchestral
BAX: Sinfonietta / Overture, Elegy and Rondo Naxos
8.555109
Orchestral
BAX: String Quartet No. 3 / Lyrical Interlude Naxos
8.555953
Chamber Music
BAX: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 Naxos
8.555282
Chamber Music
BAX: Symphonic Poems Naxos
8.557599
Orchestral
BAX: Symphony No. 1 / In the Faery Hills / Garden of Fand Naxos
8.553525
Orchestral
BAX: Symphony No. 2 / November Woods Naxos
8.554093
Orchestral
BAX: Symphony No. 3 / The Happy Forest Naxos
8.553608
Orchestral
BAX: Symphony No. 4 / Nympholept Naxos
8.555343
Orchestral
BAX: Symphony No. 5 Naxos
8.554509
Orchestral
BAX: Symphony No. 6 / Into the Twilight Naxos
8.557144
Orchestral
BAX: Symphony No. 7 / Tintagel Naxos
8.557145
Orchestral
BAX: Viola Sonata / Concert Piece / Legend / Trio in 1 Movement Naxos
8.557784
Chamber Music
BAX: Violin Sonatas, Vol. 1 (Nos. 1, 3) Naxos
8.557540
Chamber Music
BAX: Violin Sonatas, Vol. 2 (No. 2, Sonata in F Major) Naxos
8.570094
Chamber Music
BEST OF BRITISH Naxos
8.570573-74
Orchestral
Choral Concert: Saint Clement's Choir - HOWELLS, H. / BAX, A. / HORSLEY, W. / HARRIS, W.H. / STANFORD, C.V. / FERGUSON, W. (Hymns of Heaven and Earth) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90259
Choral - Sacred
Clarinet Recital: Bradbury, John - BAX, A. / ROXBURGH, E. / FINZI, G. / HURLSTONE, W. (The English Clarinet) Naxos
8.570539
Chamber Music
DEVIL'S MUSIC (The) Naxos
8.578085-86
Instrumental
ENGLISH SONG Naxos
8.557559-60
Vocal
Gramophone Awards 2000 Naxos
8.555303
Orchestral
Heifetz, Jascha: Encores, Vol. 2 (1946-1947) Naxos Historical
8.112073
Chamber Music
LEPAGE-DEAN, Oliver: Evening Hymn (An) - Music for Solo Treble Naxos
8.557129
Vocal
Music and Video Club Vol. 2 (UK Only) Naxos
8.555082
Orchestral
My First Lullaby Album Naxos
8.578213
Instrumental
SEA IN MUSIC (THE) Naxos
8.578269-70
Orchestral
SEA PICTURES (2-CD set) Naxos
8.578017-18
Orchestral
SEA PICTURES (Scandinavian edition) Naxos
8.578035
Orchestral
STORY OF BRITISH CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558193-94
Instrumental
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 8 / BAX: The Garden of Fand (Barbirolli) (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80006
Orchestral
Viola Recital: Jones, Matthew - CLARKE, R. / WALTON, W. / BRIDGE, F. / BAX, A. / BLISS, A. / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. (English Music for Viola) Naxos
8.572579
Chamber Music
WOMEN AT THE PIANO - AN ANTHOLOGY OF HISTORIC PERFORMANCES, Vol. 1 (1926-1952) Naxos Historical
8.111120
Instrumental
Role: Arranger 
Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 
Sheaf of Songs from Ireland Marco Polo
8.225098
Vocal




 
 
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