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Richard Arnell: Overture '1940'; Sinfonia; Dagenham Symphony; Landscapes & Figures / Catherine Edwards, piano

Audio Samples

>Arnell, Richard : Overture "1940", for orchestra, Op. 6
>Arnell, Richard : Sinfonia, for oboe & orchestra
>Arnell, Richard : Dagenham Symphony (from the film Opus 65)
>Arnell, Richard : Landscapes and Figures, for piano & orchestra, Op. 78

Album Summary

>Arnell, Richard : Overture "1940", for orchestra, Op. 6
>Arnell, Richard : Sinfonia, for oboe & orchestra
>Arnell, Richard : Dagenham Symphony (from the film Opus 65)
>Arnell, Richard : Landscapes and Figures, for piano & orchestra, Op. 78
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Martin Yates leads the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in an all-Arnell program. The Sinfonia - effectively Arnell's 'Symphony No.0' - was long thought lost. In 2009, Arnell's daughter found this score among the papers of her late mother in Lincoln City, Nebraska. The Dagenham Symphony is a very approachable score, and features music that was used in the film documentary Opus 68. These two works are coupled with a selection of symphonic works that are for all intents and purposes, 'unnumbered' symphonies.

MusicWeb International, February 2013
The Overture 1940 is given a suitably tense outing...a rewarding programme. It helps us once again to re-set our musical and historical compasses while at the same time providing stimulating musical experiences.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
The Overture is a restless work. The manuscript was discovered by Arnell's daughter, and conductor Martin Yates prepared the performing edition heard here. Its fretful mien is balanced by a gorgeous III, the oboe solo played with great artistry by Alun Darbyshire. The Dagenham Symphony is actually a suite for piano and orchestra composed for Ford Motors, who filmed a documentary (Opus 65) about one of their auto plants and edited it to fit Arnell's music. In the 'Assembly March' the mood lightens a bit for a bright, lively finale. Landscapes and Figures was composed in 1956 and consists of eight movements, each introduced by a brief piano solo. This is more creative musically. The orchestral performances are first-rate, as are the sonics, and the notes are informative.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (08/20/2012-08/21/2012).



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Works Details

>Arnell, Richard : Overture "1940", for orchestra, Op. 6
  • Conductor: Martin Yates
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (08/20/2012-08/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral

>Arnell, Richard : Sinfonia, for oboe & orchestra
  • Conductor: Martin Yates
  • Notes: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (08/20/2012-08/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1938

>Arnell, Richard : Dagenham Symphony (from the film Opus 65)
  • Performer: Catherine Edwards (Piano)
  • Conductor: Martin Yates
  • Notes: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (08/20/2012-08/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1952

>Arnell, Richard : Landscapes and Figures, for piano & orchestra, Op. 78
  • Performer: Catherine Edwards (Piano)
  • Conductor: Martin Yates
  • Notes: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (08/20/2012-08/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956