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Arnold: Overtures / Gamba, BBC PO

Album Summary

>Arnold, Malcolm : A Grand, Grand Overture, for orchestra, Op. 57
>Arnold, Malcolm : Peterloo Overture, Op. 97
>Arnold, Malcolm : The Smoke, Op. 21
>Arnold, Malcolm : Tam O'Shanter Overture, Op. 51
>Arnold, Malcolm : A Flourish, for orchestra, Op. 112
>Arnold, Malcolm : The Fair Field, Op. 110
>Arnold, Malcolm : A Sussex Overture, Op. 31
>Arnold, Malcolm : Anniversary Overture, for orchestra, Op. 99
>Arnold, Malcolm : Robert Kett Overture, for orchestra, Op. 141
>Arnold, Malcolm : Beckus the Dandipratt Overture, Op. 5
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Gamba makes [these] works strangely compelling..." - The Sunday Times "...with sharply defined performances from the BBC Philharmonic, this recording deserves a very hearty endorsement." - BBC Music Magazine "...electrifying performances." - Gramophone

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Arnold's genius was particularly suited to smallscale orchestral works, and every one of these examples shows his orchestral personality at its exuberant best. Beckus the Dandipratt came first, in 1943, a portrait which has the wit of Strauss's Till and the harum-scarum quality of Walton's Scapino. Tam O'Shanter, a brilliantly droll portrayal drawing on the Burns poem, has a spectacular climax bringing an orchestral realisation of bagpipes. The Grand, Grand FestivalOverture, written for a 1956 Gerard Hoffnung festival, is remembered for including parts for four vacuum cleaners and the floor polisher. But this piece isn't just about high spirits; it has a really good tune, too. There's another memorable tune in the vivid Peterloo, which is more of a Lisztian tone-poem.

The brief Anniversary Overture was for a Hong Kong fireworks spectacular, while The Smoke brings a sultry atmosphere in its middle section.

The Fair Field celebrates the Croydon Concert Hall (with its superb acoustics), A SussexOverture is jauntily characteristic, while the Orchestral Flourish, not surprisingly, brings resplendent brass. The lively Robert Kett Overture is a recording premiere. The Chandos recording is of the demonstration class.



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Works Details

>Arnold, Malcolm : A Grand, Grand Overture, for orchestra, Op. 57
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (01/20/2004-01/22/2004)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Arnold, Malcolm : Peterloo Overture, Op. 97
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (01/20/2004-01/22/2004)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968

>Arnold, Malcolm : The Smoke, Op. 21
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (01/20/2004-01/22/2004)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Arnold, Malcolm : Tam O'Shanter Overture, Op. 51
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (01/20/2004-01/22/2004)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1955

>Arnold, Malcolm : A Flourish, for orchestra, Op. 112
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (01/20/2004-01/22/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1973

>Arnold, Malcolm : The Fair Field, Op. 110
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (01/20/2004-01/22/2004)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1972

>Arnold, Malcolm : A Sussex Overture, Op. 31
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (01/20/2004-01/22/2004)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Arnold, Malcolm : Anniversary Overture, for orchestra, Op. 99
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (01/20/2004-01/22/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968

>Arnold, Malcolm : Robert Kett Overture, for orchestra, Op. 141
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (01/20/2004-01/22/2004)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1990

>Arnold, Malcolm : Beckus the Dandipratt Overture, Op. 5
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (01/20/2004-01/22/2004)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943