Composer of the Week

Monday, 5 October 2015

Arnold Bax Harriet Cohen
Pianist, Harriet Cohen and composer, Arnold Bax

Born in London, Bax spent years of his life in the Gaelic countries - Scotland and Ireland.  He learnt and wrote poetry in Irish Gaelic, including a poem memorialising the martyrs of the Easter Uprising, which was banned in Britain.  Despite his anti-establishment attitude, Bax was Knighted and appointed Master of the King's Musick, succeeding Walford Davies.


BAX: The fairies - Ian Partridge (ten), Michael Dussek (pno) (DUTTON CDLX 7136)
BAX: In the Faery Hills - BBC Phil/Vernon Handley (Chandos CHAN 10362)

BAX: Piano Sonata No 1 - Michael Endres (pno) (Oehms OC 565 CD1)
BAX: Elegiac Trio - Anna Noakes (fl), Yuko Inoue (vla), Gillian Tingay (harp) (Deux-Elles DXL 1090)
BAX: The Garden of Fand - Ulster Orch/Bryden Thomson Chandos (CHAN 8307)

BAX: Tintagel - Ulster Orch/Bryden Thomson (Chandos CHAN 8312)
BAX: String Quartet No 1 - Pavao Quartet (Discrete DISC 0701)
BAX: Overture to a Picaresque Comedy - Royal Scottish National Orch/David Lloyd-Jones (Naxos 8.555343)

BAX: Five Greek Folksongs - Finzi Singers/Paul Spicer (Chandos CHAN 9139)
BAX: Symphony No 5 - BBC Phil/Vernon Handley (Chandos CHAN 10122)

BAX: Work in Progress, Overture - Royal Phil/Vernon Handley (Lyrita SRCD 296)
BAX: Red Autumn - Ashley Wass (pno), Martin Roscoe (pno) (Naxos 8.570413)
BAX: Cello Concerto (Chandos CHAN 8494)