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Legend

composer

 
Bax’s Legend for viola and piano is clearly influenced by his fascination with Celtic folklore. Many of his works show his deep involvement with the myths and legends of this period in our history which created such an impressionable aura. Orchestral works such as Tintagel and The Garden of Fand reflect this in Bax’s output, as others do in a variety of works by Ireland, Howells and Moeran for instance.

The Legend has a thick, gloomy atmosphere, particularly at the start. The whole work is ideally scored for the viola and, once again, the instrument is in its element in this rather elegiac mode. Bax wrote the piece in 1928 between the third and fourth symphonies, when he was in his mid-forties.

from notes by Paul Spicer 1994

Recordings

English Music for Viola
CDH55085Last few CD copies remaining

Details

Track 7 on CDH55085 [10'17] Last few CD copies remaining

Track-specific metadata for CDH55085 track 7

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-68707
Duration
10'17
Recording date
23 September 1993
Recording venue
St Peter's Church, Petersham, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Paul Spicer
Recording engineer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
Hyperion usage
  1. English Music for Viola (CDA66687)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: April 1994
    Deletion date: October 2001
    Superseded by CDH55085
  2. English Music for Viola (CDH55085)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: October 2001
    Last few CD copies remaining
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