English composer Arnold Bax was born in Streatham, London, on 8 November 1883. His family had money, so Bax was able to concentrate on composing and writing. Known for his early works evoking 'Celtic twilight' - tone poems such as The Garden of Fand and Tintagel, Bax also wrote a series of symphonies. He died in Cork in Ireland, on 3 October 1953.
A selection of M&V articles about Arnold Bax
CD Spotlight. A Fantastic Collection - Little-known harpsichord gems, strongly recommended by Alice McVeigh. '... succeeds utterly, as does the immaculately sensitive [Penelope] Cave.'
CD Spotlight. Home and Abroad - Piano music by Delius, Bax, Vaughan Williams and Bridge, heard by Howard Smith. 'Commanding resolute performances of music arisen from harrowing conflict.'
Fromage Dangereux - French-Canadian pianist Louise Bessette, heard by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Irridescent Colourings - The Debussy Ensemble, enjoyed by Bill Newman. '... beautifully balanced ...'
CD Spotlight. Uniquely English - A tribute to violinist Ralph Holmes, heard by Howard Smith. '... an invigorating spontaneity ...'
Finest Attributes - Wigmore Hall recitals by Danny Driver, and by Jack Liebeck and Katya Apekisheva, admired by Bill Newman
Ensemble. Highly Effective - Bax, Chopin and Prokofiev from Artur Pizarro, Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Elgar and Bax - A sepia album from World War I, heard by George Balcombe. '... intense emotion, beautifullly replicated ...'
Bizarre Perception - Alistair Hinton discusses a recent article on English music by David Hamilton
CD Spotlight. Pride of Place - Piano music by Frank Bridge, praised by Howard Smith. 'A standing ovation for Mark Bebbington ...'
Ensemble. A Geordie Knees-Up - John Wilson conducts the Hallé Orchestra, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Expressive Power - Mike Wheeler listens to Natalie Clein and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Ensemble. Beautifully Realised - Music for flute, viola and harp from The Wakeford Ensemble, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. The ideal match - Celebrating the tenth series of live music at London's Wallace Collection, by Bill Newman
Record box. Accomplished playing - Kumiko Ida's British piano album, appreciated by Patric Standford
Ensemble. Their Majesties' Music - Pippa Hare listens to the Choir of the 21st Century
Profile. Quality and clarity - Robert Hugill meets British pianist Ashley Wass
CD Spotlight. A pleasant surprise - The Maggini Quartet plays Bax and Ron Bierman listens. '... enthusiastic, first-class performances.'
CD Spotlight - Speaking for itself. An Arnold Bax symphony, welcomed by David Thompson. 'The present disc maintains these exalted standards.'
CD Spotlight - Celtic twilight. '... there is a welcome simplicity and integrity about the playing.' Listening to Arnold Bax, with Robert Anderson
Editorial musings - Finger tapping. Looking ahead, with Basil Ramsey
Speaking universally - A Yank's appreciation of British music, with Richard Krause
CD Spotlight - Fresh and stylish. 'Richard Edgar-Wilson gives musicianly interpretations of all works, admirably partnered by the Coull Quartet ...' Songs for tenor, with Trevor Hold
CD Spotlight - A paean of rejoicing. '... a sunburst carrying the listener forward and upwards to new quests of achievement.' Bax's Fifth Symphony with Bill Newman
CD Spotlight - A thing of beauty. '... David Lloyd-Jones and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra spontaneously reach new poetic-dramatic heights ...' Bax's Third Symphony with Bill Newman
CD Spotlight - Beauteous imagery. 'Mobius has been going from success to success since 1995.' Mobius play Bax, with Bill Newman