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Malcolm Arnold

Malcolm Henry Arnold (21 October 1921 - 23 September 2006) was one of the most versatile composers on the contemporary English music scene. He was a composition pupil of Gordon Jacob at the Royal College of Music in London, and he studied trumpet with Ernest Hall. For many years he performed as principal trumpet of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1948 he sojourned in Italy as the recipient of the Mendelssohn scholarship. Arnold's years as an orchestral plyaer my be responsible for the fact that the majority of his works are for conventional symphony orchestra. His style is marked by simple but unusual instrumentatal combinations and  - escpecially in his larger works - a predilection for melody as opposed to continuous developmental technique. In Arnolds' early works (for example the 2nd Symphony) he was indebted in certain ways to the music of Jen Sibelius, and in other ways to that of Bela Bartok (e.g. 3rd Symphony and the Concerto for 2 Violins).  However, according to Arnold himself, Berlioz was his most important mode.

 

Malcolm Arnold's considerable output includes over eighty film scores, including The Bridge on the River Kwai, for which he received an Oscar. He has also written countless occasional works, ranging from those of a frankly popular nature to others which display a passionate and dramatic musical language. Some of his works are of an ironic nature, such as A Grand Grand Overture for 3 Vacuum-Cleaners, 1 Floor-Polisher, 4 Rifles and Full Orchestra Op.57 (1956).

Other works include: seven symphonies (1946-73), some seventeen concertos for various solo instruments and orchestra - including the Concerto for Oboe and Strings Op.39 and the Concerto for Flute and Strings Op.45, heard on this recording. To this already impressive list one can also add Arnold's Sinfoniettas, orchestral dances, the Water Music Op.85, works for ensemble, opera and ballet scores, plus his vocal compositions. Malcolm Arnold's competent and polished orchestral style has made him one of the most-often played composers of his native land.  

                                              (Daniel Brandenburg, translated by David Lawrence)

 

Sinfoniettas Nos. 1-3

Oboe Concerto Op.39

Flute Concerto Op.45

 

London Festival Orchestra

Ross Pople, conductor

Malcolm Messiter, oboe

Anna Pyne, flute

 

 

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Producer: Wulf Weinmann

Recorded at The Warehouse (1996)

 

Ross Pople and the London Festival Orchestra took on the musical contribution to the celebrations of the composer's 75th birthday at the Royal Festival Hall in London, autumn 1996.

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SINFONIETTA No. 1 Op. 48

01  Allegro comodo

02  Allegretto

03  Allegro con brio

 

CONCERTO FOR OBOE AND STRINGS

04  Cantabile

05  Vivace

06  Quasi Allegretto

 

SINFONIETTA No. 2 Op. 65

07  Allegro non troppo

08  Lento

09  Allegro con brio

 

CONCERTO FOR FLUTE AND STRINGS

10  Allegro energico

11  Andante

12  Con fuoco

 

SINFONIETTA No. 3 Op. 81

13  Allegro vivace

14  Vivace

15 Andante con moto

16  Allegro con energico