Bax: Nonet & other chamber music
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Bax was born in South London, the eldest son of a nonconformist family. At the age of seventeen a love affair with all things Irish began after he read the poetry of Yeats: 'The Celt within me stood revealed'.

Several of the important chamber works on this recording reflect this Irish love affair, the Elegiac Trio being a response to the tragic events following the Easter Rising in 1916. The serenade-like Nonet and Clarinet Sonata are deliciously 'heart-on-sleeve' works of yearningly lyrical melodies, while the oboe and harp quintets show Bax's pioneering enthusiasm for the precise sound of individual instruments in sometimes unfamiliar groupings.

CDA66807  72 minutes 41 seconds
GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE / CRITICS' CHOICE
‘How marvellous it is after all these years to be able to welcome a truly first-rate modern recording of Bax's Nonet. What a bewitching creation it is … this treasurable Hyperion release will cer ...
‘This collection serves Bax admirably and contains some real discoveries’ (BBC Music Magazine)
‘Performances of exemplary quality’ (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)