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    I’m glad to see that so many enjoyed this symphony since it will offset my own rather negative experience of it.

    Certainly the orchestration is fabulous, and the composer’s attempt to impose structural and thematic integrity is admirable. But beyond that, there is little to draw me back. There is little sense of forward momentum, few places where I am wowed by a surprising idea, and no apparent musical story to tell or musical point to make. In short, I found it somewhat boring and had difficulty fixing my attention on it (admission: yes, it did wander).

    A pot of lukewarm oversteeped tea.

    Handley, BTW.


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    Always great to see Bax pop up, he always seems to get underrated which is unfortunate as he has much to offer. That can be said for many British Composers sadly.

    I’ll go with Eugene Goossens & the BBC Symphony Orchestra on the Lyrita label - a BBC Studio recording made and broadcast 3rd November 1956.

    Vernon Handley with the BBC forces is usually my first choice but I fancy a change. I also have the Lloyd-Jones and Fredman recordings too but for this instalment of the Saturday Symphony Goossens gets the nod.
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    I rate Bax very high. However, there are works that don't grab me as much as I wanted, and this work is an example of it. Of course, it's not a bad symphony. In fact, I like very much the dark mood that is on it. I think it's the lack of memorable ideas, something more definite is missing.

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    I can’t agree with the rather negative comments above about this symphony
    Yes, the mood is dark but not unremittingly so and gives me the feeling of contrasts and reflection
    No big tunes in there but this is not that kind of work. Give it another go Ken, I urge you
    Listen to me when I'm talking to you boy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haydn man View Post
    I can’t agree with the rather negative comments above about this symphony
    Yes, the mood is dark but not unremittingly so and gives me the feeling of contrasts and reflection
    No big tunes in there but this is not that kind of work. Give it another go Ken, I urge you
    I must admit that first time around I gave this a bit of a half-hearted listening to, with a "Yeah it's OK" sort of conclusion. Listened again yesterday and got a bit of a wow factor from it. Wonderfully dark, with some really memorable moments in the first movement, plenty of momentum throughout (something many an English symphony does not possess, imho) and very powerful closing pages. After a tiny bit of effort on my part, a winner!
    Last edited by Robert Pickett; Jun-28-2018 at 08:51.

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