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Symphony No. 6

Bax Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb March 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
After not having listened to classical music for a couple of decades, I rekindled an interest when I began listening to our local classical FM stations while working out at the gym.
One station played a piece a couple of months ago from Handley's Bax symphony cycle, and I thought "this sounds like a nice piece of modern-era classical music" and I bit the bullet and bought the whole Handley set, and was immensely pleased with all of Bax's symphonies.
Since then I heard on the radio Bax's "Winter Legends", and thought "this sure sounds like Bax". I figured this was like my obsessive binge of listening to Mahler, in which every romantic-era piece I heard on the radio I figured was Mahler. But, the "Winter Tales" turned out indeed to be Bax. So, one can say, he certainly has a distinctive and identifiable style.
I also obtained the Lloyd Jones renditions of Bax's symphonies. Upon listening to his rendition of the 6th, my feeling is, this is one of the best classical recordings I have ever heard. It is hard to compare versions of a piece of music objectively; differences in one's own mood for example may skew one's perceptions. But what I do feel I can say with confidence is that this is at least equal to if not superior to every other recorded work of a Bax composition I have heard.
Regarding Bax per se. What intrigues me particularly about his music is that it seems to me he manages to deeply integrate modern tonal concepts into his music, while simultaneously maintaining a strong bond with classical music as it had evolved up to his day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb on all counts May 26 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is an absolutely magnificent CD. It earns highest marks in all areas: music, performance, sound, and value. What more could you ask?
Music: Many good judges consider this the best of Bax's seven symphonies. It's not hard to see why. The music is immediately attractive and accessible, colorful and atmospheric, richly and imaginatively orchestrated, full of interest. The two tone poems, while perhaps not on the same level of inspiration as the symphony, are similarly atmospheric, attractive, and accessible.
Performance: This is the sixth and next-to-last release in the Naxos cycle of Bax symphonies and tone poems: only No. 7 and "Tintagel" await release. It is a most distinguished series, throughout which the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and David Lloyd-Jones have provided sensitive, idiomatic, beautifully played, altogether persuasive performances that have made many converts to Bax. It is apparent that each recording has been painstakingly, lovingly prepared by an ardent and expert Baxian. The series has received much critical acclaim, and the acclaim has been fully deserved.
Sound: The entire series has featured excellent sound, but this latest release (recorded in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in August 2002) is to my ears the best-sounding one yet--so good, in fact, that the sound is in the top demonstration class, leaving nothing to be desired. It has marvelous transparency and openness, full frequency range (deep bass) and wide dynamic range, and every detail of the colorful orchestration is clearly heard, with never a hint of hardness, harshness, or congestion. Truly an audiophile's delight. Producer and engineer Tim Handley can be proud of his achievement here: this is modern digital orchestral recording at its finest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the series July 9 2006
Format:Audio CD
Bax is amazing and this is one of his most amazing works in a performance that does it proud. I've heard just about all recordings of the Bax 6, except the recent Handley, back to the days of vinyl, and this takes second place to none. Recording in the Naxos series is typically close, and Lloyd goes for line rather than incident, so the experience can tend to be slightly clinical. But here the engineers get just enough air around the orchestra, Lloyd finds a higher temperature, and the result is impressive. There's just the right mix of celtic mistiness and architectural clarity. At this price it's a steal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No tunes to whistle, but absorbingly melodic Dec 5 2003
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Format:Audio CD
From the very beginning of this CD, I became absorbed in the music.
I wanted the music to go on and on, and, when it was over, I wanted to return to it (play it again.) The music seems contemporary--just right for the beginning ot this century, but also tied to the great traditions of the nineteenth century. This may well be one of the greatest "new" symphonies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Hesitate Dec 6 2003
By D. Long
Format:Audio CD
Don't hesitate, just buy it and enjoy.
In fact, at the Naxos price, with the performances and performers involved, you are denying yourself hours of musical pleasure if you don't just buy the entire symphonic cycle (and I'm including the newest release the Symphony 7 in this recommendation).
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