Malcolm Arnold Orchestral Works

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Malcolm Arnold Orchestral Works

  • Symphony No. 2
  • Symphony No. 5
  • Peterloo
  • Symphony No. 2
  • Symphony No. 5
  • Peterloo

Always, in their earlier appearances, these recordings were among the best of the period concerned; now, perhaps finally, they are among the best of today's. And as Arnold, you might say knows very well how to score in order to get the best possible sound out of any orchestra, the listener's ear is going to be very well rewarded by both the symphonies concerned. Perhaps especially by No. 2; for this, composed to celebrate the diamond jubilee of the Bournemouth orchestra (then 'Municipal'), was composed almost as if it were a Concerto for Orchestra, and in the new quality of recording resulting from its transfer to CD does indeed show the players at their very best.
This is not at all to disparage the Fifth Symphony; indeed, there is room to think that here the actual music, less consistently vivacious, is more that of a 'true symphony', whatever that may be. But alas! Whatever by contrast a 'true overture' may be, it is probably not expounded by thePeterloo Overture; for this would surely be a greater success in the cinema to accompany a film of the unhappy Peterloo incident of 1819, than it is in the concert hall? Its success at home will vary from one listener to another (well, so does a Mozart quartet!) but it does certainly complete a quite splendid reissue.'

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