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Much food for thought in your post, Sifox.

Downes – what an underrated conductor in many respects. Amazing in Verdi. 

Mahler 9 and the Applause Automatons (these days, the ‘Standing O’ Claque). I had a similar experience in Liverpool when Groves did VW 5. As he so slowly faded the last movement into a spellbinding diminuendo some clown 20 rows down in the balcony jumped to his feet and started applauding, bars too soon. Groves just dropped his arms into a despondent slouch and shook his head. I can still see the clown’s face, completely and utterly unaware of what he’d just done, as these people always are. Today he no doubt carries a cell phone with the ringer on ‘outdoor’ setting no matter where he is.

My most memorable classical concert would be Kempe and the Munich Phil in Liverpool, Haydn’s 94, Hindemith’s  Symphonic Metamorphoses and a Brahms 1 that still rings in my ears. I never again want to hear anybody but Kempe play that work.

RE: 'Malcolm Arnold's time has come'....

...said Andrew Penny at the pre-concert talk last Saturday.  I'm not a fan of dissonant music (yet) and was expecting to abandon the concert at the interval.  However, I was swept along with Andrew's enthusiasm so stayed for the second half, and was glad I did.

It was an unexpected pleasure to see the East Riding Youth Orchestra (aged 12 to 19) involved in this demanding music too.

I will definitely be exploring Arnold's symphonies further, and will consider attending the annual event in Northampton next year.

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Date of event: 26nov11. Malcolm Arnold 90th anniversary concert.  Conductor: Andrew Penny. Leader: Patricia Mitchell.  Pre-concert talk by Andrew Penny and Paul Harris on the Symphonies of Malcolm Arnold. The National Anthem. 1) Festive Overture op 96. Dmitri Shostakovich. played by Hull Phil & ER Youth Orch. 2) Symphony no 8 op 124 Malcolm Arnold played by ER Youth Orch. 3) Concerto for  Clarinet & Strings, with Harp and Piano. Aaron Copland. Emma Johnson - clarinet.  Interval.  4) Symphony no 7 op 113 Malcolm Arnold played by the Hull Phil.

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p.s. IMHO, Emma Johnson is a National Treasure.

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