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Ian Lace
Fanfare, November 2002

David Lloyd-Jones’s on-going Bax symphonies cycle continued with a triumphant recording of the Fourth Symphony…together with Nympholept and the Overture to a Picaresque Comedy. This evocative Symphony reflects the natural grandeur of Scotland’s west coast and island

John Puccio
Sensible Sound, October 2002

"This is the fourth Naxos recording of Bax's music I've reviewed in the past few years, following the Second, Third, and Fifth Symphonies, and each one brings a new delight."

Scott Cantrell
The Dallas Morning News, June 2002

"Composed on the west coast of Scotland, in the winter of 1930, Bax's Fourth is very much surging and crashing in the outer movements, but the central Lento moderato finds subtler ebbs and flows...The performances are top-notch, and producer/engineer Tim Handley supplies wide-open sonics perfect for the music at hand."

Robert Baxter,
Courier-Post, May 2002

Bax's engagingly tuneful but sophisticated style is displayed in this 40-minute, three-movement work. David Lloyd-Jones leads a winning performance with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The central slow movement glows with rich orchestral glows with rich orchestral colors in this fervent interpretation.

James Jolly
Gramophone, May 2002

"The two shorter works also receive powerful advocacy from Lloyd-Jones and the fine Scottish Orchestra. Worth trying by the inquisitive."

Andrew Clarke
, April 2002

"Naxos's Bax series has earned the highest praise, and this latest installment is well up to the excellent standards already set. David Lloyd-Jones conjures extraordinarily sympathetic playing from the RSNO whose players clearly relish the Scottish hues of Bax's Fourth, possibly his finest symphony."

Geoffrey Norris
The Daily Telegraph (Australia), April 2002

"NAXOS's series devoted to the music of Sir Arnold Bax has been one of the label's great success stories, and this new disc fully lives up to the standards we have come to expect. There is terrific character, as well as crisply articulated playing, in the performance of the Overture to a Picaresque Comedy, whose affinity to Strauss's Till Eulenspiegel is well-defined in the warmth and gaiety that David Lloyd-Jones elicits from the RSNO... Its occasional Scottish melodic tinges make it an apt work for the RSNO, but above all it is the potency of Bax's creative drive that the performance communicates with such conviction."

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