BAX: Works for Cello and Piano

Lionel Handy, cello & Nigel Clayton, piano

Sir Arnold Bax


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I strongly endorse the present release, for the excellence of its performances and sound quality and the value of this unfamiliar music.
Daniel Morrison, Fanfare (37:3, Jan/Feb 2014)
Anyone with an interest in 20th Century cello music should investigate this disc and in the process discover some of Bax’s most fascinating works – all performed and recorded here to perfection.
Richard R. Adams, The Sir Arnold Bax Website

Bax’s Legend-Sonata, the major work featured on this disc, was written for Florence Hooton and was first performed by her in 1943. This CD was released to mark Florence Hooton’s centenary in 2012 and features her pupil, the acclaimed cellist Lionel Handy, accompanied by Nigel Clayton in a highly authoritative set of performances. Lionel is a long-serving professor at the Royal Academy of Music, teaches at the Birmingham Conservatoire and in summer schools throughout Europe, and has been guest principal with most leading UK orchestras. He writes:

The inspiration for this recording was the centenary of Florence Hooton in 2012. While studying at the Royal Academy of Music I was greatly encouraged by her dynamic teaching. Florence herself worked closely with many composers, and her rapport with Bax enabled her to pass on invaluable insights into interpreting his works.

—Lionel Handy

The CD is a particularly high-quality production: aside from its authoritative and well-recorded performances, no expense has been spared in its manufacture. It features a lavish 12-page booklet containing an essay by Lewis Foreman and a picture-disc, with full-colour printing throughout (see sample images and track samples below). A must for all Bax fans!

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  Composer Title Performer(s) Total duration
Sir Arnold BaxBAX: Works for Cello and Piano
Lionel Handy, cello & Nigel Clayton, piano
Lionel Handy, ’Cello,
Nigel Clayton, Piano
# Composer Work Movement Performer(s) Duration
1Sir Arnold BaxSonatina in D
for cello and piano (1933)
   I: Allegro risolutoLionel Handy, ’Cello,
Nigel Clayton, Piano
2  II: Andante00:06:19
3 III: Moderato00:04:15
4Rhapsodic Ballad for solo cello (1939)Lionel Handy, ’Cello00:13:57
5Folk-Tale for cello and piano (1918)Lionel Handy, ’Cello,
Nigel Clayton, Piano
6Legend-Sonata in F♯ minor
for cello and piano (1943)
   I: Allegro risoluto00:10:29
7  II: Lento espressivo00:08:45
8 III: Rondo: Allegro00:07:58

Catalogue code: SLV1007Published: 23th November 2012
Entry last updated: 26th April 2014