Arnold - Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

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Arnold - Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8553739
(8.553739)

Discs:

1

Barcode:

0730099473927

Length:

69 minutes

Medium:

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Arnold - Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4


Arnold:

Symphony No. 3, Op. 63

Symphony No. 4, Op. 71


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Malcolm Arnold: Symphony No. 3, Op. 63

I. Allegro: Vivace

II. Lento

III. Allegro con brio-Presto

Malcolm Arnold: Symphony No. 4, Op. 71

I. Allegro - Poco piu mosso - Tempo primo

II. Vivace ma non troppo

III. Andantino

IV. Con fuoco - Alla marcia - Tempo primo - Maestoso - Allegro molto

BBC Music Magazine

“Andrew Penny and the Irish Orchestra are at the peak of their form”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“These recordings of two of Arnold's finest symphonies carry the composer's imprimatur (he attended the sessions). Penny is clearly right inside every bar, and the orchestra play with impressive ensemble and feeling, and above all great freshness and spontaneity.
The Naxos recording's concert-hall ambience has been beautifully caught. One of the finest players in Dublin is the principal oboe, whose solos often bring a specially plangent quality, particularly in the slow movement of No 3, where there's a real sense of desolation. The finale then lightens the mood with its kaleidoscope of wind and brass and a wispy string melody that soon becomes more fulsome. Penny's momentum and characterisation here are superb, as is the orchestral response. Similarly the winningly scored opening of the Fourth Symphony flashes with colour: that marvellous tune (2'44") is played with captivating delicacy by the violins. The exquisitely fragile Scherzo is etched with gossamer lightness and the slow movement is shaped by Penny with fine lyrical feeling and the most subtle use of light and shade. Its romanticism is heart-warming, yet is also balanced by Arnold's underlying unease. The boisterous fugal finale has some of the best playing of all.”

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