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BBC Music Magazine, September 2016

This dark, powerful work opens with a turbulent Allegro con fuoco. A beautiful Lento blends melancholic mystery with luxurious textures, while the substantial finale makes full use of the orchestra’s dramatic potential but ends in tranquillity. Bax went on to write one more symphony, but he always considered the Sixth to be his greatest. © 2016 BBC Music Magazine



John J. Puccio
Classical Candor, August 2014

Naxos set out some years ago to record all seven of Bax’s symphonies and as many of his short works as possible, most or all of them with conductor David Lloyd-Jones. So far as I can tell, Lloyd-Jones has done all of the symphonies now, and I believe he’s done most of the tone poems as well.

…it’s big, bold, warm sound, the bass never actually reaching the lowest octaves but probably not needing to. There is a rich lower midrange that maybe obscures a little of what could have been greater depth and transparency, but the result makes for easy, comfortable, concert hall-style listening. © 2014 Classical Candor Read complete review




Penguin Guide, January 2009

David Lloyd-Jones’s account of the magnificent Sixth has sweep and breadth, and the splendid Naxos recording has plenty of range, detail and presence. Into the Twilight (1909) is prefaced by a quotation from Yeats and its rich, luxuriant textures are fully characteristic of the mature Bax. Summer Music (1921, revised 1932) was dedicated to Beecham, and it is an affecting piece for a much smaller orchestra than we associate with the composer, though the sonority he produces is characteristically sumptuous. David Lloyd-Jones secures eloquent playing from the Scottish orchestra throughout.



Hecht
American Record Guide, August 2003

"Now in David Lloyd-Jones's magnificent new Sixth - the best yet in his distinguished Bax Symphony series - we have an available recording worthy of this great piece...Lloyd-Jones's sweep and color bring them even more to life. The full, slightly close-up sound Naxos gives all these works meets it's recent high standards."



Robert Baxter
Courier-Post, May 2003

"A superb account of Bax's apocalyptic Symphony No. 6 shows both the orchestra and conductor in peak form.

Lloyd-Jones paints bold images in a reading that catches the turbulence of the English composer's music. He builds the third movement to an agonized climax.

Naxos' fine recording documents the urgent playing of the Scottish orchestra in full-bodied digital sound. Rounding out this desirable release are two Bax tone poems. Into the Twilight and Summer Music, both performed with dedication."



Stephen Johnson
BBC Music Magazine, April 2003

"...the Sixth Symphony: full of the kind of sumptuous orchestral fantasy that makes the best works so attractive, but with a sustained strength of purpose unlike any of the other symphonies. David Lloyd-Jones and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra balance those two crucial sides of this work better than in any other version I've heard... By keeping at least one hand on the reins, Lloyd-Jones makes a compelling case for Bax as a real symphonist ­V capable of dreaming without letting himself get fatally distracted."



Andrew Achenbach
Gramophone, April 2003

"David Lloyd-Jones's Bax series for Naxos goes from strength to strength with this clear-headed interpretation of the exhilarating Sixth Symphony (completed at Morar on the west coast of Scotland in February 1935, and arguably the last work to show the composer at creative white-heat).

Lloyd-Jones rides the tempest of the opening movement with particular success, while still allowing himself plenty of expressive leeway for the ravishing secondary material. In the central Lento he paints a bleakly beautiful, snow-flecked landscape, very different to the drowsy heat-haze distilled by Bryden Thomson. As for the ambitious finale (a tour de force of structural innovation and thematic integration), the conductor steers a superbly confident course, and the RSNO respond with unflagging spirit and no mean skill (there's a wonderfully rapt horn solo at the outset of the sublime epilogue).

A firm recommendation; Graham Parlett's authoritative annotation is a further bonus."



Music Week, March 2003

"This latest release, played with immense character and bags of colour by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, arguably presents the most powerful and profound reading of the Sixth Symphony yet recorded."



Matthew Rye
The Telegraph, March 2003


Rob Barnett

"A most beautiful piece slashed and ravaged into an emotionally cogent and superbly gripping piece of music-making. Has British music ever produced a moment more shockingly visceral than the elemental heaven-clawing triumph instantly crumbling to dust in the finale? Make no mistake this is outstanding Bax a violent and sensuous reading."



Raymond Tuttle
Classical Net

"There is plenty of room for this ongoing budget Naxos series with David Lloyd-Jones...The Sixth Symphony (1935), Bax's penultimate work in the genre, is one of the strongest. This composer seldom achieved a distinctive sound, but he blended many influences together in a distinctive way...Naxos deserves praise, however, for making Bax more accessible to the merely curious."



Ian Lace
MusicWeb International

"A thrilling, evocative reading of Bax's finest symphonic accomplishment."





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