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This collection gathers together [Bax’s] five outstanding Symphonic Poems: Tinagel, The Garden Of Fand, The Happy Forest, The Tale The Pine Trees Knew, and the reflective November Woods. The most famous of these compositions is Tintagel, his shimmering, almost cinematic portayal of ‘the castle-crowned cliff of Tintagel’. The acclaimed Royal Scottish National Orchestra is conducted by David Lloyd-Jones, and this CD makes an excellent introduction to a composer Sibelius called ‘one of the greatest men of our time’. © 2016 Read complete review

John J. Puccio
Classical Candor, October 2011

Lloyd-Jones does well by these symphonic sketches…Lloyd-Jones has the measure of the music. The disc begins with Tintagel, Bax’s depiction of the rocky precipice on the Cornish coast reputed to be the birthplace of the legendary King Arthur…David Lloyd-Jones serves the music well…

…the sound appears to have become softer in the midrange and more billowy in the mid-bass…Naxos price the disc absurdly low, I can’t think of a reason in the world why the interested listener shouldn’t try it.

Penguin Guide, January 2009

A truly worthwhile collection of symphonic poems, which originally accompanied David Lloyd-Jones’s recordings of the symphonies. The performances are warm and flexible and very well played…the gentler passages in The Garden of Fand, Happy Forest and November Woods have attractive atmospheric lustre.

Gramophone, August 2005

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David Hurwitz, July 2005

"Drawn from David Lloyd-Jones' excellent set of Bax symphony recordings, this collection competes in four out of five works with Bryden Thomson and the Ulster Orchestra on Chandos. Whereas Thomson has Summer Music, Lloyd-Jones offers The Tale the Pine Trees Knew, a more interesting and substantial work. In general this Naxos issue offers tauter, livelier performances than does Thomson, and this prevents the music from degenerating into a typically shapeless Baxian blob, as it has a tendency to do, particularly November Woods and The Garden of Fand. Lloyd-Jones also has the finer orchestra and a leaner basic sonority, less atmospheric than Thomson to be sure, but with a rhythmic crispness that puts a bit more muscle and sinew on Bax's opulent textures (check out Tintagel, which delivers a real rush of excitement in its central section). The engineering complements the performances, having fine clarity and impact. If you're in the market for a single disc of Bax tone poems, or even a single disc of Bax, then this one certainly fills the bill."

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