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ARNOLD, M.: Chamber Music for Winds

Composer(s):Arnold, Malcolm
Artist(s) East Winds, Ensemble
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.570294
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Those who think of Malcolm Arnold as the composer of sparkling orchestral music and highly successful film scores will be delighted and perhaps surprised at the feast of smaller-scale treasures on this recording, several of them recorded here for the first time. They span virtually his entire composing life from the early Constant Lambert-inspired Overture for Wind Octet to the enigmatic Duo (Divertimento) for Two Clarinets written after serious mental illness and a number of years of compositional silence.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Sir Malcolm Arnold has always been an enthusiastic composer of wind music. East Winds, made up of talented young wind-players, here give brilliant performances which consistently bring out the wit of the writing. This is a well-chosen and wide-ranging selection of works which make up a delightful sequence. Maybe the best known of all these works is one of the earliest and shortest, the Three Shanties, Op. 4, written in 1942 when he was still playing in the LPO, a piece intended to entertain his colleagues. Already the virtuosity of the writing is astonishing, displaying Arnold’s great gift for writing complex counterpoint which is yet immediately accessible. That also applies to the equally winning performance of the Op. 35 Divertimento…East Winds bring


Review By ,Scherzo,September 2007



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