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Malcolm Arnold: Symphonies 5 & 6 [CD]

London Symphony Orchestra , Malcolm Arnold , Richard Hickox Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Composer: Malcolm Arnold
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B000000AXB
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,517 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Symphony No. 5, Op. 74: I. Tempestuoso 9:49Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 5, Op. 74: II. Andante con moto - Adagio11:28Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 5, Op. 74: III. Con fuoco 5:030.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 5, Op. 74: IV. Risoluto - Lento 6:130.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 6, Op. 95: I. Energico 7:520.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphony No. 6, Op. 95: II. Lento - Allegretto - Lento10:52Album Only
Listen  7. Symphony No. 6, Op. 95: III. Con fuoco 6:290.59  Buy MP3 


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arnold Symphonies 29 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006) was nothing if not a man of contradictions. The tumultuous nature of his life is well-known, and is laid bare before us in his "serious" music. He is better-known to the general public for his dozens of film scores, none more famous than that for "Bridge on the River Kwai", but the backbone of his output is the series of nine symphonies. It is in these that we receive a glimpse - or perhaps more than a glimpse - of Arnold the man. The late Vernon Handley has commented on the astonishing variety of moods discernable in the symphonies of Sir Arnold Bax, but there the mood-changes are quite subtle, with little of the jarring mood swings we find in Malcolm Arnold's music. One moment we can be swept away in a lush, melodic romanticism, the next we are being blown away in a torrent of screaming discords. The two symphonies on this Chandos disc (the same pairing as on the Naxos label) provide a fair reflection of the mercurial nature of Arnold's symphonic output.

The first movement of the Fifth Symphony certainly lives up to its "tempestuoso" marking. There is a continual restlessness about it - an apparent frantic searching for direction, with sharp contrasts in tempo and dynamics, the timpani adding explosive force. Yet amidst all the tumult are some gentler interludes, such as the delicate theme for harp, celesta and glockenspiel. The sadly elegiac second movement reminds us that the symphony is a reflection on some of Arnold's friends who died tragically young (including the clarinettist Jack Thurston, the horn-player Dennis Brain, and the humorist Gerard Hoffnung). The main theme is one of Arnold's most beautiful melodies. Even this movement, however, does not escape an anguished outburst before one final, hushed presentation of the opening theme.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arnold symphonies 5 and 6 - LSO 19 Feb 2012
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This disc was my first exposure to Arnold symphonies - they are wonderful pieces. Arnold is probably more famous for his film music, and this comes across, with a wide range of dramatic styles. The LSO are stunning - huge dymanic range from hardily audible soft strings to spectacular brass playing. Awesome wind solos and lots of groovy stuff for the percussion to play with all the toys in the box! Bravo
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By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This extremely well recorded disc from 1995 gives a searingly accurate and honest picture of the music and the man, both inseparably linked. The performances by the LSO are simply in the demonstration class as is the recording itself.

Arnold was a trumpet player initially but first made his name through numerous successful film scores. This type of writing enabled him to develop and hone his skill for effective textural effects, the tight control of time span and the ability to achieve his emotional targets with considerable precision and economy of time. He was subsequently able to muster this considerable arsenal of compositional skills when his attention was drawn to concert music such as his series of symphonies or sets of dances.

These skills were apparent right from his first symphony but increasingly after the second symphony his personal problems, which could be described as his dark side, begin to affect the content nd nature of his music. These personal conflicts and confusions are to be found in the following symphonies and these two could be described as the last of those which keep a balance between light and dark. The following three symphonies become increasing inward and focussed on continuing struggle.

The fifth and the sixth symphonies recorded here blend lyrical motifs with discordant and violent episodes. These conflicts and their resolutions are what make Arnold's music so compelling and ultimately satisfying at this stage. The virtuoso use of the orchestra to create and resolve these elements is aurally exciting. There can be little doubt that Arnold was a symphonic composer of stature and Hickox gives us recordings of similar stature here.

I would suggest that these have strong claim , not only to be the best recordings available today, but also the best ever made of these works. As such they warrant serious consideration as a purchase option.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crackling Good! 16 July 2009
By Karl W. Nehring - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There once was available a recording of the Arnold 6th conducted by Vernon Handley on Conifer, a CD that also includes some shorter pieces by Sir Malcolm. The Chandos cycle recorded by Hickox concentrates on the symphonies themselves, so in this case, the diskmate of the 6th is the 5th, an engaging symphony that is the piece that first got me hooked on Arnold's music back in the late '70s. If you have not yet heard any of Sir Malcolm's symphonies, then this disk is an ideal starting place. The 5th is an engaging symphony that features sweeping melodies and abrupt changes in mood, while the 6th is an intriguing work with haunting instrumental lines and skipping rhythms. In both works, the performances crackle, and the sound quality is top-notch.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent performances of marvelous works 7 Aug 2010
By G.D. - Published on Amazon.com
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I haven't really heard too many of the different recordings of Malcolm Arnold's various symphonies, but I'll be hard-pressed to believe that many of them can beat the Hickox versions; taut, powerful readings, immaculate orchestral playing and glorious sound. The fifth and sixth symphonies might very well be his best works in the genre - powerful, melodic, lean but big-boned, full of gorgeous tunes but at the same time bitingly sarcastic, often quite angry, even.

The fifth is rather Sibelian, opening with a slightly distressed but emotionally kaleidoscopic first movement; it is brimful of inventive gestures but is still tautly constructed. The second movement comes with a sense of (dark) relaxation, but drama soon starts to bubble beneath the surface. The last two movements are thematically related to the first and second, respectively. The scherzo is a stunning swirl of electrical power, whereas the finale starts off as an ironic march, moves to a powerful climax and then gives way to a gorgeous, overtly sentimental, Hollywoodesque ending.

The sixth has a certain jazzy feel to it (Arnold himself cited Charlie Parker as an influence), but mixed with Sibelius, Martinu and Hollywood film music. Of all of Arnold's works I've heard, this is probably the most immediately appealing (it is also the shortest), although repeated listenings reveal yet new aspects - in short, this is a fabulously inventive, imaginative and strikingly scored work.

The London Symphony Orchestra plays with commitment and flair and Hickox manages impressively to steer the performances between the Scylla and Charybdis of over-romanticizing the music and over-analyzing it. In short, these are crisp, buoyant, zesty and powerful - I won't hesitate to call them spectacular - performances. The sound is superb; clear and warm and full-bodied. A marvelous disc, urgently recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb performances that lay bear the ambiguities of Arnold the man and his music 12 Nov 2013
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This extremely well recorded disc from 1995 gives a searingly accurate and honest picture of the music and the man, both inseparably linked. The performances by the LSO are simply in the demonstration class as is the recording itself.

Arnold was a trumpet player initially but first made his name through numerous successful film scores. This type of writing enabled him to develop and hone his skill for effective textural effects, the tight control of time span and the ability to achieve his emotional targets with considerable precision and economy of time. He was subsequently able to muster this considerable arsenal of compositional skills when his attention was drawn to concert music such as his series of symphonies or sets of dances.

These skills were apparent right from his first symphony but increasingly after the second symphony his personal problems, which could be described as his dark side, begin to affect the content nd nature of his music. These personal conflicts and confusions are to be found in the following symphonies and these two could be described as the last of those which keep a balance between light and dark. The following three symphonies become increasing inward and focussed on continuing struggle.

The fifth and the sixth symphonies recorded here blend lyrical motifs with discordant and violent episodes. These conflicts and their resolutions are what make Arnold's music so compelling and ultimately satisfying at this stage. The virtuoso use of the orchestra to create and resolve these elements is aurally exciting. There can be little doubt that Arnold was a symphonic composer of stature and Hickox gives us recordings of similar stature here.

I would suggest that these have strong claim , not only to be the best recordings available today, but also the best ever made of these works. As such they warrant serious consideration as a purchase option.
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