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BAX Symphony No. 2 - BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sir Eugene Goossens. Winter Legends For Piano & Orchestra - John McCabe, BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra / Raymond Leppard. Lyrita

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Bax Symphony No2 Winter Legends For Piano And Orchestra Lyrita

SIR ARNOLD BAX (1883-1953)

SYMPHONY NO. 2

1. I. Molto moderato 14.41
2. II. Andante 11.58
3. III. Poco largamente - Allegro feroce 10.07

BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Eugene Goossens

BBC Studio Recording
Broadcast 3 November 1956

WINTER LEGENDS FOR PIANO & ORCHESTRA
4. I Allegro 15.03
5. II Lento, molto espressivo 14.00
6. III Molto moderato - Allegro molto 8.47
7. IV Epilogue. Molto cantabile 5.03

John McCabe, piano
BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra / Raymond Leppard

BBC Studio Recording
Broadcast 6 October 1978

English composer Arnold Bax was born in the late nineteenth century but had his maturity and came to prominence in the first half of the twentieth. His was an affluent and literate London-based family and Bax was able to pursue a dazzling career undistracted by worldly necessities. He had no need to earn a living, teach, give concerts, court the great and good or chase commissions. In this sense he was like his ultimately more popular contemporary Vaughan Williams. No stranger to writing songs, chamber music and piano solos, Bax seemed most fluently at ease with the orchestra. The Second Symphony, written in London and Geneva, carries a dedication to Serge Koussevitsky who directed the premiere with his Boston Symphony Orchestra on 13 December 1929. Eugene Goossens gave the United Kingdom premiere on 30 May 1930. Bax who had not been able to travel to Boston, wrote: “I feel very grateful to Eugene for his brilliant performance ... which lifted it at last for me into apurely abstract world. So for the moment I feel unduly tender towards its grim features.”

THE LYRITA RECORDED EDITION TRUST ITTER BROADCAST COLLECTION
Richard Itter had a life-long fascination with recording and he habitually acquired professional equipment for disc and tape recording even for solely private use. From his home in Burnham he was able to receive a good signal from the BBC Wrotham transmitter, which was constructed in 1951 and began broadcastingVHF/FM on 2 May 1955. These fragile discs were never played and have remained in excellent condition, as have the majority of the tapes which make up the bulk of the collection. In 2014 the Lyrita Recorded EditionTrust begun to transfer this priceless archive and has put in place formal agreements with the BBC and the Musicians Union to enable the release of items from it to the public.

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