Arnold: Complete Symphonies & Dances

Release Date: 10/22/2021
Label: Naxos
Catalog Number: 8506041
Performer: Andrew Penny, Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Number of Discs: 6
Length: 357 Minutes

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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.

 

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These are performances of uniformly high quality made in the presence of the composer and recorded with more realistic balances and cleaner textures than any of their rivals. While all of these readings are first class, highlights include a superb Symphony No. 5 and interpretations of Nos. 7 and 8 in which conductor Andrew Penny sets tempos that allow Arnold’s fanciful orchestrations to register with maximum color and impact.

 

– ClassicsToday.com (10/10; David Hurwitz)

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1. I. Allegro by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Written: 1949 ;
2. II. Andantino by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Written: 1949 ;
3. III. Vivace con fuoco by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Written: 1949 ;
4. I. Allegretto by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Written: 1953 ;
5. II. Vivace by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Written: 1953 ;
6. III. Lento by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Written: 1953 ;
7. IV. Allegro con brio by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Written: 1953 ;
8. I. Allegro - Vivace by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Period: Modern
Written: 1957 ;
9. II. Lento by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Period: Modern
Written: 1957 ;
10. III. Allegro con brio - Presto by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Period: Modern
Written: 1957 ;
11. I. Allegro - Poco più mosso - Tempo primo by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Period: Modern
Written: 1960 ;
12. II. Vivace ma non troppo by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Period: Modern
Written: 1960 ;
13. III. Andantino by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Period: Modern
Written: 1960 ;
14. IV. Con fuoco - Alla marcia - Tempo primo - Maestoso - Allegro molto by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Period: Modern
Written: 1960 ;
15. I. Tempestuoso by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Written: 1960 ;
16. II. Andante con moto by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Written: 1960 ;
17. III. Con fuoco by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Written: 1960 ;
18. IV. Risoluto by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Written: 1960 ;
19. I. Energico by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Written: 1967 ;
20. II. Lento by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Written: 1967 ;
21. III. Con fuoco by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Written: 1967 ;
22. I. Allegro energico by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Written: 1973 ;
23. II. Andante con moto by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Written: 1973 ;
24. III. Allegro by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Written: 1973 ;
25. I. Allegro by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Written: 1978 ;
26. II. Andantino by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Written: 1978 ;
27. III. Vivace by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Written: 1978 ;
28. I. Vivace by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Written: 1986 ;
29. II. Allegretto by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Written: 1986 ;
30. III. Giubiloso by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Written: 1986 ;
31. IV. Lento by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Written: 1986 ;
32. Sir Malcolm Arnold in Conversation with Andrew Penny by na Not Applicable
Performer: Andrew Penny (Narrator), Malcolm Arnold (Narrator)
Conductor: Andrew Penny
33. No. 1. Andantino by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1950 ;
34. No. 2. Vivace by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1950 ;
35. No. 3. Mesto by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1950 ;
36. No. 4. Allegro risoluto by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1950 ;
37. No. 1. Allegro non troppo by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1951 ;
38. No. 2. Con brio by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1951 ;
39. No. 3. Grazioso by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1951 ;
40. No. 4. Giubiloso by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1951 ;
41. No. 1. Pesante by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1957 ;
42. No. 2. Vivace by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1957 ;
43. No. 3. Allegretto by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1957 ;
44. No. 4. Con brio by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1957 ;
45. No. 1. Vivace by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1968 ;
46. No. 2. Andantino by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1968 ;
47. No. 3. Con moto e sempre senza parodia by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1968 ;
48. No. 4. Allegro ma non troppo by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1968 ;
49. No. 1. Allegro con energico by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1988 ;
50. No. 2. Commodo by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1988 ;
51. No. 3. Piacevole by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1988 ;
52. No. 4. Vivace by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1988 ;
53. No. 1. Allegro by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1989 ;
54. No. 2. Poco lento by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1989 ;
55. No. 3. Vivace by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1989 ;
56. No. 4. Andante con moto by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1989 ;
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