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ARNOLD, M.: Cello Concerto / Symphony for Strings / Fantasy (Wallfisch, Turner, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Sinfonia, Ward, Howarth)

Composer(s):Arnold, Malcolm
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.572640
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Sir Malcolm Arnold’s preference for classical forms is fully explored in this representative but uniquely distinctive programme. Orchestrations of earlier works form the lyrical Concertino for Flute and Strings and a Saxophone Concerto whose bold statements foreshadow the gritty and powerful Symphony for Strings. Arnold’s virtuoso Fantasy for Recorder and String Quartet is a late work, and the Cello Concerto was the composer’s last in this form; a piece which speaks directly from the soul, appearing here in its première recording.


Review By Juan Berberana,Ritmo,March 2012

Casi más valorado por el mundo de los medios (sobre todo por el de las bandas sonoras) que por el de las salas de concierto, Malcolm Arnold (1921–2006) carecía de grabaciones de una parte importante de su catálogo. Esta brecha es la que trata de cerrar Naxos, con esta nueva edición de su catálogo sinfónico, donde destacan las primeras grabaciones (en ediciones concluidas por David Ellis) de su Concierto para chelo (1988/2000) y de su Concierto para saxofón (en este caso una reinterpretación de una obra previa, igualmente a cargo de David Ellis). Como ocurre también en su Fantasía para flauta (1948), ni los años ni la influencia de otras corrientes musicales separaron a


Review By,November 2011

brilliantly played, and audio is superb. Here’s another winner from Naxos—don’t miss it! Read complete review

Review By Record Geijutsu,November 2011

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Review By Charlotte Gardner,Classic FM,November 2011

The Northern Chamber Orchestra and the Manchester Sinfonia respectively deliver crisp, intelligent readings, supporting two stellar soloist performances. In the Cello Concerto, Wallfisch encapsulates Arnold’s peculiarly British musical sensibility brilliantly, giving us pithy severity one moment and personal, lyrical expressiveness the next. John Turner’s recorder performance is a virtuoso tour de force.

Review By Rob Barnett ,MusicWeb International,September 2011

Malcolm Arnold was a magus of the orchestra. That can be observed in his symphonies, concertos and overtures/dances. He was very productive with twelve works sporting the word ‘symphony’…or its variants and some nineteen concertos… After alarms and excursions all of the symphonies are on disc; the concertos have been less favoured. The most grievous lacuna here has been the Cello Concerto and this disc plugs the gap with both generosity and style.


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