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Arnold: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue number8553739
Release date1998-03-23

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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$ 10.36
Extra material for download
  Composer: Arnold, Malcolm
  Symphony No. 3, Op. 63 31:18
01 I. Allegro: Vivace 11:11 $ 1.68 USD
02 II. Lento 12:57 $ 1.94 USD
03 III. Allegro con brio-Presto 07:10 $ 1.08 USD
  Composer: Arnold, Malcolm
  Symphony No. 4, Op. 71 37:47
04 I. Allegro - Poco piu mosso - Tempo primo 13:05 $ 1.96 USD
05 II. Vivace ma non troppo 05:05 $ 0.76 USD
06 III. Andantino 11:38 $ 1.75 USD
07 IV. Con fuoco - Alla marcia - Tempo primo - Maestoso -
Allegro molto
07:59 $ 1.20 USD
  Album total 69:05
ComposerArnold, Malcolm
OrchestraIreland National Symphony Orchestra
ConductorPenny, Andrew

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