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Penguin Guide, January 2009

The Seventh Symphony comes from 1939 and one in which the creative fires seem to burn less intensely than in its two immediate predecessors. David Lloyd-Jones makes out a strong case for it and is as persuasive as (or more persuasive than) his predecessors on record. Despite its length (it is the longest of the seven), the score is still richly stocked…David Lloyd-Jones also gives a thoroughly committed account of Tintagel.



Geoffrey Norris
The Daily Telegraph (Australia), October 2003

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra's acclamied Bax series continues with a striking coupling of his final symphony, the Seventh, and the work with which his name is particularly associated, the tone poem Tintagel. David Lloyd-Jones conducts a Tintagel ripe in sonority and fresh in its restless imagery of an Atlantic seascape. The symphony too, is highly charged with energy...Hearing performances as alive as these makes you wish all the more that Bax would come back into fashion in the concert halls."



Music Week, October 2003

"October's disc of the month from Naxos genuinely deserves its front-running promotional billing, thanks not least to a ripe interpretation of Bax's Seventh Symphony from David Lloyd-Jones and a spell-binding account of Tintagel."



David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com

"Bringing Naxos' Bax symphony cycle to a triumphant conclusion, David Lloyd-Jones leads a terrific performance of the oft-maligned Seventh Symphony, a work of great lyric beauty and textural and harmonic simplicity compared to the six symphonies that precede it...Lloyd-Jones also delivers an extremely fine performance of Tintagel, which benefits from the recording's big dynamic range. As in all of the performances in this series, the music enjoys the generous support of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's brilliant horns and powerful trombones, making those seaside vistas at the beginning and end especially thrilling. Although prominent timpani sometimes threatens to dominate the most heavily scored moments in both works, it's impossible not to enjoy this energetic and vital final installment in what is now the best Bax cycle available at any price. Of course Handley's new set on Chandos is waiting in the wings, but it will have to be extraordinary to displace Lloyd-Jones and Naxos at the top of the heap. 10/10."






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