Arnold: Ballet Music / Rumon Gamba

Album Summary

>Arnold, Malcolm : Homage to the Queen, ballet (and suite), Op. 42
>Arnold, Malcolm : Rinaldo and Armida, ballet, Op. 49
>Arnold, Malcolm : Sweeny Todd, ballet (and suite), Op. 68
>Arnold, Malcolm : Electra, ballet, Op. 79
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This unique anthology of ballet music should be quite popular, for the music is illustrative and entertaining. Few of the ballets here are available elsewhere and one has never before been recorded (Elektra). However they aptly demonstrate Malcolm Arnold's versatility, covering a broad range of musical moods.

"This collection of ballet music by Malcolm Arnold includes a first recording of his short (15 minutes), one-act ballet Electra. The other three works have each had a couple of recordings, but not together on one disc or in performances as good as these. These are presented in the order Arnold wrote them...These performances are led by Rumon Gamba, who has been gaining acclaim in Britain in the last ten years...The notes are excellent, as is the recording." - American Record Guide

Gramophone Magazine
... the BBC Philharmonic respond with commendable polish and gusto for Rumon Gamba, and their efforts have been afforded typically ripe and lustrous Chandos sound. A hearty endorsement whichever way you look at it.

The Guardian
Listening to the selection recorded here, you're conscious of the variable mixture of practicality and inspiration that went into [Arnold's ballet scores]...The performances, with Rumon Gamba conducting the BBC Philharmonic, are terrific.

BBC Music Magazine
... Arnold... has posthumously found his definitive interpreter in Rumon Gamba: these are performances that mirror the music itself in their ultra-clear verve and colour.



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Works Details

>Arnold, Malcolm : Homage to the Queen, ballet (and suite), Op. 42 :: Suite. 1. Prelude and Opening scene. Allegro modera
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (12/09/2008-12/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Arnold, Malcolm : Homage to the Queen, ballet (and suite), Op. 42 :: Suite. 2. Dance of the Insects. Allegro scherzando
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (12/09/2008-12/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Arnold, Malcolm : Homage to the Queen, ballet (and suite), Op. 42 :: Suite. 3. Water. Poco lento - Vivace - [L'istesso t
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (12/09/2008-12/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Arnold, Malcolm : Homage to the Queen, ballet (and suite), Op. 42 :: Suite. 4. Fore Dance. Allegro con brio (Man's solo)
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (12/09/2008-12/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Arnold, Malcolm : Homage to the Queen, ballet (and suite), Op. 42 :: Suite. 5. Pas de deux. Adagio non troppo - Poco agi
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (12/09/2008-12/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Arnold, Malcolm : Homage to the Queen, ballet (and suite), Op. 42 :: Suite. 6. Finale. Maestoso - Marziale - Moderato e
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (12/09/2008-12/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Arnold, Malcolm : Rinaldo and Armida, ballet, Op. 49
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (12/09/2008-12/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Arnold, Malcolm : Sweeny Todd, ballet (and suite), Op. 68 :: Suite. Moderato e misterioso - Vivace - Meno mosso -
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (12/09/2008-12/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1959

>Arnold, Malcolm : Sweeny Todd, ballet (and suite), Op. 68 :: Suite. Allegretto - Vivace -
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (12/09/2008-12/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1959

>Arnold, Malcolm : Sweeny Todd, ballet (and suite), Op. 68 :: Suite. Vivace - Allegro moderato -
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (12/09/2008-12/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1959

>Arnold, Malcolm : Sweeny Todd, ballet (and suite), Op. 68 :: Suite. Allegro vivace - Allegro frenetico -
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (12/09/2008-12/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1959

>Arnold, Malcolm : Sweeny Todd, ballet (and suite), Op. 68 :: Suite. Allegretto -
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (12/09/2008-12/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1959

>Arnold, Malcolm : Sweeny Todd, ballet (and suite), Op. 68 :: Suite. Andante - Allegro - Pas de quatre - Vivace - Moderat
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (12/09/2008-12/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1959

>Arnold, Malcolm : Sweeny Todd, ballet (and suite), Op. 68 :: Suite. Allegro con brio - Allegretto (Pas de deux) - Piú mo
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (12/09/2008-12/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1959

>Arnold, Malcolm : Electra, ballet, Op. 79
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (12/09/2008-12/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963