Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases

The Garden of Fand
The Happy Forest
The Tale the Pine Trees Knew
November Woods
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
David Lloyd-Jones

Recorded in 1995, 1996 and 2002 in Henry Wood Hall and Royal Scottish National Concert Hall, Glasgow
CD No: NAXOS 8.557599
Duration: 74 minutes
Reviewed: November 2006
Sir Arnold Bax (1883-1953) remains, in some quarters, sadly underrated. Like Vernon Handley, David Lloyd-Jones is an unfailing champion. This CD of symphonic poems could be the ‘way in’ for the uninitiated or sceptical. The magnificent seascape and glorious melodies of Tintagel are overwhelming; but all these works are masterly, memorable, and powerfully illustrative. These superb performances are splendidly recorded.


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