Both tone poems are brimful of Irish lore, sometimes more poetic than Bax's besotted but frequently coarse, hectoring evocations. His early interest in music persuaded his father, a barrister,to allow him to enter the Royal Academy of Music in London at the age of seventeen. Here is the first instalment in a brand new Bax cycle from Naxos and a most encouraging start it makes too. His return also brought marriage to the daughter ofthe then distinguished Spanish pianist Carlos Sobrino and the present of ahouse from his father. Delius was a great admirer of this piece, as well as Tintagel - though he did not hold much regard for Bax's symphonies. In LadyGregory's version of the tale, Fand, rejected by the sea-god Manannan, andtaking her name, meaning a tear that passed over the fire of the eye, from herpurity and beauty, calls Cuchulain to her aid, provoking the jealousy of thehero's wife Emer.
Like Myer Fredman before him, Lloyd-Jones steers a thrusting, confident course through the opening Allegro moderato e feroce. It is dark, sort of Sibelian, cinematic in its looseness, often merely loud. To boost the sales for his electronics equipment company, Heymann began organising concerts of classical music in Hong Kong sponsored by Bose and Revox. As for the couplings, both In the Faery Hills and The Garden of Fand are thoroughly accomplished and expertly held together but perhaps lack a little in tingling atmosphere and sheer enchantment. Performer s : Royal Scottish National Orchestra ; David Lloyd-Jones, conductor. Innovative strategies of recording exciting new repertoire with exceptional talent have enabled the label to develop one of the largest and fastest growing catalogues of unduplicated repertoire available anywhere--currently over 2500 titles--with state-of-the-art sound and consumer-friendly prices. Try a long bath in the music of Bantock, blazingly espoused on Hyperion by Vernon Handley with more to come one hopes , or Vaughan Williams more familiarly.
Distinctly Celtic themes abound as celebrations ensue, and the enchanted ocean dominates the musical scene as the ravening waters finally engulf all, leaving the immortals to ride the waves into the gathering dusk. The Garden of Fand was completed in1916, described by Bax as the last of his Irish works. While hispursuit of the Ukrainian girl came to nothing, he was able to absorb somethingof the spirit of Russian music, secular and sacred, and was dazzled by theglories of the Imperial Ballet, as he was to be by Dyagilev's Ballets russeson his return to London. Therehe became a piano pupil of Tobias Matthay, while studying composition under theWagnerian Frederick Corder. The poem by Yeats, to which In the Faery Hills owes itsinspiration, allows Oisin or Usheen, replying to St Patrick, to describe hiswandering: Nowthey dance away with him, laughing as they go.
Fand sings her songof love, enchaining the hearts of her hearers for ever. The company has pioneered the idea of the 'series' and proudly includes series of such composers as Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Parry, Walton, Grainger, Berkeley and Bridge. The story of Fand is part of the saga of Cuchulain, the great heroof Irish iegend, who is beaten in a dream by two strange women, who hadappeared before as birds. That shattering, gong-topped climax at 6'10'' where Bax seems to be peering into some monstrous abyss is impressively prepared and the movement never threatens to hang fire the way it occasionally does under Bryden Thomson who is over two minutes slower than either of his rivals. .
He and his brother, the writer Clifford Bax, madetheir first visit to Ireland and were captivated. A visit to Russia with a Ukrainian girl that he had met in London and her Italianfriend, introduced a further influence to his cultural formation. Here they established themselvesfor a time, associating with leading figures in Irish cultural life, while Baxhimself won a reputation as a poet and writer, assuming, for this literarypurpose, the name Dermot O'Byrne and studying Irish legend and the old Irishlanguage. The picture evoked is a Celticone, but not without a touch of the other pagan world earlier suggested by Mallarmeand Debussy in L 'apres-midi d'un faune, of which there are perceptibleechoes. The second movement, which is in many ways a nostalgic elegy, is even more darkly scored than the opening movement. Tim Handley has done his Janus-headed best as to double as producer and engineer, although Henry Wood Hall in Glasgow does not yield the acoustic plush of Chandos' venues. Event notes: Recorded at Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland, January 31, 1996.
Bax, however, could not settle in London. Program notes in English, German, and French 12 p. Thecomposer's description gives a clear account of the tone-poem itseif and itsstructure. Its outer movements were based on a that Bax subsequently orchestrated, while the central movement was newly composed for the symphony. For a year Cuchulain lies sick, watched over by hiscompanions and neglecting the deeds of heroism demanded of him. When visiting artists involved in the c. Other Titles: In the faery hills.
You select on the download page. The finale sees a triumphal march made out of material from the first movement and containing the first signs of hope in this symphony, a deeply contrasting mood to the opening two movements of the symphony. Thepicture at first is of a calm sea, over which a small ship sails into thesunset, to be tossed by a wave onto the shore of Fand's miraculous island. The danceends and the trumpet repeats the opening motif, as the bard begins his tale,represented at first by two violas, followed by the bassoon, with a harpaccompaniment and faery interpolations. The tone-poem In the Faery Hills waswritten in 1909, later forming the centre of a trilogy of tone-poems under thegeneral title Eire. They led the pack after Elgar effectually retired in 1919, until Britten unfurled his credentials in 1945 with Peter Grimes, making the music of his elder contemporary Michael Tippett sound clumsy.
Naxos Since 1987, Naxos has redefined how classical music is presented and marketed. A solo viola, followed by a single flute, leads the dance to itsend. It remained one of the central works in public performance of Bax's music until a revival of the symphonies began in the 1980s. The instrumentationincludes piccolo, bass clarinet, two harps and a varied percussion section,with glockenspiel and celesta, in addition to the usual instruments of the fullsymphony orchestra. There is a certain irony, therefore, in the fact that The Garden of Fand was the last piece of music Bax ever heard performed, at a concert of his works given some four days before his death in Cork in 1953. Sir Thomas Beecham, that canny winnower of works by countrymen he valued less than Delius and Lord Berners, but knew he couldn't neglect altogether, once recorded The Garden of Fand on Naxos, excellent as well as copious notes by Keith Anderson fill in mythic sources , just as he singled out Elgar's Cockaigne Overture, Bantock's Fifine at the Fair, Vaughan Williams' Tallis Fantasia, etc. Yeats, and discoveredin himself a strong Celtic identity, although racially descended from a familylong established in East Anglia.