Sir Arnold Bax* / Richard Crabtree, Charles Matthews (2) ‎– Music For Viola & Piano And Piano Solo

Olympia (2) ‎– OCD 454
CD, Album


Fantasy Sonata (For Viola And Piano) (22:59)
1 I. Allegro Molto - Andante 6:56
2 II. Allegro moderato 3:27
3 III. Lento Espressivo 6:36
4 IV. Allegro 6:00
5 What The Minstrel Told Us - Ballad (For Piano) 8:54
6 In A Vodka Shop (For Piano) 3:05
Two Russian Tone Pictures (For Piano) (13:57)
7 I. Nocturne: May Night In The Ukraine 9:04
8 II. Gopak (National Dance) 4:50
9 Lullaby (Berceuse) (For Piano) 4:38
10 Legend (For Viola And Piano) 10:14

Companies, etc.



Total Playing Time: 64'04

Recorded in April 1994 at St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol

During his student days Bax was one of several young composers urged by the viola player Lionel Tertis to write for the viola as a solo instrument. In addition to his student work, Bax later wrote a concerto and sonata for viola and piano as well as the two works recorded here. The Fantasy Sonata for viola and harp is not often heard and in 1993 Richard Crabtree and Charles Matthews decided to perform it using the piano to replace the harp. This project was greeted with great interest and forms the basis of this recording.

We wish to thank the Sir Arnold Bax Trust for their support in the preparation of this recording.

Front cover: Coloured medallion from the Bax Collection, University College, Cork

℗ 1994
© 1994
Made in England

CD comes packaged in a standard jewel case with 20 page booklet including photos and liner notes in English, French and German.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 5015524404543
  • Barcode (Text): 5 015524 404543
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Rights Society: MCPS
  • Matrix / Runout: DISCTRONICS S OCD 454 01
  • Other (Mould Stamp): 13