In memoriam

Arnold Bax is one of the unsung heroes of British music. When I recorded his 5 piano sonatas a few years ago I was totally absorbed by his style. Particularly his 7 symphonies and their dark dramatic and often haunting gestures were very inspiring. One of the lesser known works is the symphonic poem “In memoriam”, composed in 1916 and performed for the first time in 1996. It was Bax’s response to the Easter Uprising in Dublin and the death of Padraig Pearse. Bax’s poem published under his Dermot O’Byrne pseudonym about the Uprising was banned in the UK and the music of “In memoriam” remained unperformed until this first recording by Tod Handley in 1996.