Bax - Symphony no.2, Winter Legends
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Cat No: REAM1137
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 3rd November 2017
ArtistsJohn McCabe (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra
The Second Symphony, written in London and Geneva, carries a dedication to Serge Koussevitsky who directed the premiere with his Boston Symphony Orchestra on 13 December 1929. Eugene Goossens gave the United Kingdom premiere on 30 May 1930. Bax, who had not been able to travel to Boston, wrote: I feel very grateful to Eugene for his brilliant performance which lifted it at last for me into a purely abstract world. So for the moment I feel unduly tender towards its grim features.
BBC studio recordings, broadcast 3 November 1956 (Symphony no.2) & 6 October 1978 (Winter Legends)
The Lyrita Recorded Edition Trust: Itter Broadcast Collection
Richard Itter had a life-long fascination with recording and he habitually acquired professional equipment for disc and tape recording even for solely private use. From his home in Burnham he was able to receive a good signal from the BBC Wrotham transmitter, which was constructed in 1951 and began broadcasting VHF/FM on 2 May 1955. These fragile discs were never played and have remained in excellent condition, as have the majority of the tapes which make up the bulk of the collection. In 2014 the Lyrita Recorded Edition Trust begun to transfer this priceless archive and has put in place formal agreements with the BBC and the Musicians Union to enable the release of items from it to the public.
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