Arnold: Complete Symphonies & Dances

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Label: NCL
Catalog: 8506041

Arnold, Malcolm; Queensland Symphony Orchestra; National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland; Penny, Andrew

Recorded in the presence of the composer, Andrew Penny’s survey of the Complete Symphonies and Dances by Sir Malcolm Arnold has long been considered to contain benchmark recordings. Born in 1921, Sir Malcolm Arnold quickly established himself as a fluent and versatile composer, a gifted tunesmith and a brilliant orchestrator. His music is typically lucid in texture, rich in melody and clear in draughtsmanship yet there are frequent signs of a complex musical personality and dramatic tensions not far beneath the surface. The Dances are light-hearted, vivid and jaunty, yet the nine symphonies explore the composer’s darker side, painting a picture of his private ‘journey through hell’ as he struggled with physical and mental health issues. They are masterworks which exert continued appeal and stimulate repeated listening.Audio contained on this box set can be found here:Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 Nos. 3 and 4 Nos. 5 & 6 Nos. 7 & 8 No. 9

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