English composer’s 1916 tribute still carries power

NCH performance showed In Memoriam to be a powerfully orchestrated piece

21st February, 2016
Arnold Bax remained true to the classical ideals of Wagner and Strauss

Last Friday, the RTE National Symphony Orchestra delivered an exciting and fully committed combination of Beethoven’s incomparable Eroica Symphony No 3 and Lutoslawski’s irresistibly odd cello concerto. Two young performers, English conductor Duncan Ward and Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, provided real joie de vivre on the night.

Despite these towering works, it was the 15-minute opener by the long-neglected English composer Arnold Bax that resonated most of all. In Memoriam (1916) was...

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