English composer Arnold Bax was born in Streatham, London, on 8 November 1883. His family had money, so Bax was able to concentrate on composing and writing. Known for his early works evoking 'Celtic twilight' - tone poems such as The Garden of Fand and Tintagel, Bax also wrote a series of symphonies. He died in Cork in Ireland, on 3 October 1953.
CD Spotlight. Fresh and Engaging - Villa-Lobos, Bax and Bolcom from Kerry Duwors and Futaba Niekawa, recommended by Geoff Pearce. '... the sheer musicianship, combined with flawless technique and imaginative programming, never fails to impress me.'
Ensemble. An Effective Combination - Music for viola and harp from Oliver Wass and Luba Tunnicliffe, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. A Fantastic Collection - Little-known harpsichord gems, strongly recommended by Alice McVeigh. '... succeeds utterly, as does the immaculately sensitive [Penelope] Cave.'
CD Spotlight. Home and Abroad - Piano music by Delius, Bax, Vaughan Williams and Bridge, heard by Howard Smith. 'Commanding resolute performances of music arisen from harrowing conflict.'
Fromage Dangereux - French-Canadian pianist Louise Bessette, heard by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Irridescent Colourings - The Debussy Ensemble, enjoyed by Bill Newman. '... beautifully balanced ...'
CD Spotlight. Uniquely English - A tribute to violinist Ralph Holmes, heard by Howard Smith. '... an invigorating spontaneity ...'
Finest Attributes - Wigmore Hall recitals by Danny Driver, and by Jack Liebeck and Katya Apekisheva, admired by Bill Newman
Ensemble. Highly Effective - Bax, Chopin and Prokofiev from Artur Pizarro, Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Elgar and Bax - A sepia album from World War I, heard by George Balcombe. '... intense emotion, beautifullly replicated ...'
Bizarre Perception - Alistair Hinton discusses a recent article on English music by David Hamilton
CD Spotlight. Pride of Place - Piano music by Frank Bridge, praised by Howard Smith. 'A standing ovation for Mark Bebbington ...'
Ensemble. A Geordie Knees-Up - John Wilson conducts the Hallé Orchestra, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Expressive Power - Mike Wheeler listens to Natalie Clein and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Ensemble. Beautifully Realised - Music for flute, viola and harp from The Wakeford Ensemble, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. The ideal match - Celebrating the tenth series of live music at London's Wallace Collection, by Bill Newman
Record box. Accomplished playing - Kumiko Ida's British piano album, appreciated by Patric Standford
Ensemble. Their Majesties' Music - Pippa Hare listens to the Choir of the 21st Century
Profile. Quality and clarity - Robert Hugill meets British pianist Ashley Wass
CD Spotlight. A pleasant surprise - The Maggini Quartet plays Bax and Ron Bierman listens. '... enthusiastic, first-class performances.'
CD Spotlight - Speaking for itself. An Arnold Bax symphony, welcomed by David Thompson. 'The present disc maintains these exalted standards.'
CD Spotlight - Celtic twilight. '... there is a welcome simplicity and integrity about the playing.' Listening to Arnold Bax, with Robert Anderson
Editorial musings - Finger tapping. Looking ahead, with Basil Ramsey
Speaking universally - A Yank's appreciation of British music, with Richard Krause
CD Spotlight - Fresh and stylish. 'Richard Edgar-Wilson gives musicianly interpretations of all works, admirably partnered by the Coull Quartet ...' Songs for tenor, with Trevor Hold
CD Spotlight - A paean of rejoicing. '... a sunburst carrying the listener forward and upwards to new quests of achievement.' Bax's Fifth Symphony with Bill Newman
CD Spotlight - A thing of beauty. '... David Lloyd-Jones and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra spontaneously reach new poetic-dramatic heights ...' Bax's Third Symphony with Bill Newman
CD Spotlight - Beauteous imagery. 'Mobius has been going from success to success since 1995.' Mobius play Bax, with Bill Newman