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Bax: Symphonic Variations - Concertante for Piano (Left Hand) and Orchestra

Ashley Wass, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, James Judd

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Symphonic Variations in E Major  
1
Part I: Theme. Lento espressivo -
Arnold Bax; Ashley Wass; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; James Judd
2:31
2
Part I: Var.1. "Youth": Allegro: Restless and tumultuous -
Arnold Bax; Ashley Wass; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; James Judd
4:11
3
Part I: Var. 2. "Nocturne": Slow and serene, Broadly -
Arnold Bax; Ashley Wass; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; James Judd
6:36
4
Part I: Var. 3. "Strife": Allegro vivace
Arnold Bax; Ashley Wass; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; James Judd
7:39
5
Part II: Var. 4. "The Temple": Slow and solemn -
Arnold Bax; Ashley Wass; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; James Judd
9:46
6
Part II: Var 5. "Play": Scherzo: Allegretto vivace - Intermezzo, "Enchantment": Very moderate tempo -
Arnold Bax; Ashley Wass; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; James Judd
10:27
7
Part II: Var. 6. "Triumph": Moderate tempo: Glowing and passionate
Arnold Bax; Ashley Wass; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; James Judd
4:39
Concertante for Piano (Left Hand) and Orchestra  
8
I. Allegro moderato
Arnold Bax; Ashley Wass; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; James Judd
8:08
9
II. Moderato tranquillo
Arnold Bax; Ashley Wass; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; James Judd
7:47
10
III. Rondo. Allegro moderato
Arnold Bax; Ashley Wass; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; James Judd
6:27
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    68:11
"A marvellous musical team weaves its magic in this spellbinding repertoire ... the performance is very persuasive ... a hearty welcome for this conspicuously successful pairing."
- Gramophone

"James Judd and the Bournemouth Symphony offer plenty of color and drama on their own and they are very well recorded ... the performance is wholly committed and overall, especially on the strength of the Variations, this remains a fine addition to the Bax discography ..."
- ClassicsToday.com

Bax completed five works for piano and orchestra, beginning in 1916 with the highly virtuosic Symphonic Variations dedicated to the pianist Harriet Cohen. The Concertante for Piano (Left Hand) and Orchestra is on a smaller scale. The romantic slow movement opens with a beautiful and haunting piano tune which gives way to a brooding atmospheric middle section, coloured by typical Baxian orchestral textures. Considered one of the foremost interpreters of English orchestral music, British-born conductor James Judd is eminently qualified to interpret Bax's works, performed here by a British orchestra and solo pianist.
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