This piece has been revisited, and an updated article has been written. Please read it here. I’ll keep the original article (below) for posterity, but I would suggest reading the new article instead. Performed by someone I listened to this probably four or five or six times. This one is in stark contrast to the other English symphony I have been listening to. This is clearly a war symphony. It’s a piece written just after World War I, finished in 1922, and it has the atmosphere to prove it. The multiple listens appear to have paid off, because in reviewing … Continue reading Arnold Bax: Symphony no 1.