Sir Arnold Bax, was already in his late thirties, when he began work on his First Symphony, in 1921. There then followed, a work rate, that was as prolific, as it was in being full of quality - Bax finished his final Symphony, number Seven, before the outbreak of World War II.
The Fifth Symphony was begun in 1932, and bears a dedication to the most famous Finnish composer of all, Jean Sibelius. It was premiered in January 1934, under the baton of Sir Thomas Beecham, no less.
One of the most unusual facets, of the Fifth Symphony, is that the themes of all three movements, move within a more restricted compass, than was the case with Bax's other symphonies. Nevertheless, many of the usual Sir Arnold landmarks are clearly discernible : ostinato figures, epilogue complete with ground bass, and, of course, Bax's familiar three movement pattern ...
Side One : Symphony No.5 in C sharp minor, by Bax (1932) :-
I Poco lento - Piu mosso - Allegro con fuoco
Side Two : Symphony No.5 (continued...) :-
1) II Poco lento 2) III Poco moderato - Allegro - Epilogue
Records graded visually to RRPG grades (record/sleeve) EX+/EX-.