Arnold: Dances

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Arnold: Dances


English Dances, Set 1, Op. 27

English Dances, Set 2, Op. 33

Four Scottish Dances, Op. 59

Four Cornish Dances, Op. 91

Four Irish Dances Op. 126

Four Welsh Dances, Op. 138



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Malcolm Arnold: English Dances, Set 1, Op. 27

No. 1. Andantino

No. 2. Vivace

No. 3. Mesto

No. 4. Allegro risoluto

Malcolm Arnold: English Dances, Set 2, Op. 33

No. 1. Allegro non troppo

No. 2. Con brio

No. 3. Grazioso

No. 4. Giubiloso

Malcolm Arnold: 4 Scottish Dances, Op. 59

No. 1. Pesante

No. 2. Vivace

No. 3. Allegretto

No. 4. Con brio

Malcolm Arnold: 4 Cornish Dances, Op. 91

No. 1. Vivace

No. 2. Andantino

No. 3. Con moto e sempre senza parodia

No. 4. Allegro ma non troppo

Malcolm Arnold: 4 Irish Dances, Op. 126

No. 1. Allegro con energico

No. 2. Commodo

No. 3. Piacevole

No. 4. Vivace

Malcolm Arnold: 4 Welsh Dances, Op. 138

No. 1. Allegro

No. 2. Poco lento

No. 3. Vivace

No. 4. Andante con moto

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“This set includes the Four Welsh Dances, not otherwise available on CD. These were the last to be written, and their mood follows on naturally from the ambivalence of the IrishDances. Penny's tempos are very like Arnold's own in his superb set made with the LPO for Lyrita. Where there's a difference, Penny is slightly faster, but the effect is marginal.
The greater character of the LPO under Arnold shows in the very first of the EnglishDances, notably at the reprise, which is more warmly positive.
The Queensland Hall is reverberant, and detail is generally less well focused than on the Lyrita disc; yet so vivid is Arnold's scoring that not much is missed. The lovely Mesto third English Dance is beautifully done in Queensland, and in the second set of English Dances, the Con brio and Giubiloso have all the necessary colour and flair. The Australian orchestra has obviously warmed up for the Scottish set and the inebriated Glaswegian is nicely observed.
For some the lyrical third Scottish Dance is one of the most beautiful and memorable of all Arnold's many fine tunes.
Penny treats it gently; his coda is particularly delicate, but at its appearance on the full strings the composer is that little bit more romantic. However, Penny's closing dance, a Highland fling, is superb in its drunken abandon.
In the opening Cornish Dance that follows, Penny captures the mysterious evocation of deserted copper mines well, and in the IrishDances, written some 20 years later, he captures the fragile mood of the central Commodo and Piacevole tenderly. This is altogether an excellent and inexpensive collection.”

MusicWeb International

“A mandatory purchase for lovers of Arnold's music... Certainly this Naxos disc is useful for including the Welsh Dances, and for its price it is not to be sniffed at.”

Penguin Guide

2011 edition

“The performances have the composer's imprimatur (he was present at the recording sessions) and can be recommended as an ideal representation of Arnold's spontaneous orchestral writing.”

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