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Richard Arnell: The Unnumbered Symphonies - Overture '1940', Op.6; Sinfonia; Dagenham Symphony - Suite from the film 'Opus 65'; Landscapes and Figures, Op.78 [Classical]

Richard Arnell , Martin Yates , Royal Scottish National Orchestra , Alun Darbyshire , Catherine Edwards Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Classical
  • Label: Dutton Epoch
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,556 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Do explore this fascinating and rewarding programme, brilliantly played by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Here conductor Martin Yates heads his selection with Richard Arnell's Sinfonia - effectively his 'Symphony No.0' - which was long thought lost. When Arnell's daughter arrived from the USA in 2009 to attend her father's funeral she revealed that she had found this score among the papers of her late mother in Lincoln City, Nebraska. Martin Yates has now edited the music for performance, and it makes an essential contribution to Dutton Epoch's pioneering Arnell cycle. It is coupled with a long, dramatic, symphonic movement written in New York early in 1940, which the composer called Overture '1940', Op.6. Back in London after the war, Arnell was very active. He produced a suite - the so-called Dagenham Symphony - in 1952. This is very approachable film music, ending with a catchy march, music to which the documentary Opus 68 was actually shot. Four years later came Landscapes and Figures - eight short movements with enigmatic titles playing continuously. Arnell tells us that this attractive music had its origins in visual imagery, and it is in his most persuasive mature vein, with memorable invention and brilliant orchestration. "Landscapes and Figures should soon find a home in the ballet theatre," wrote one critic after the first London performance, and one can only agree that such lyrical and immediately communicative music would have been (indeed still might be) supremely effective. Here are four really worthwhile revivals that add materially to our enjoyment and appreciation of Arnell's output. If you have the earlier titles in Dutton Epoch's Arnell series, this is an essential programme. For those coming new to Arnell, it is a great place to start. World premiere recordings.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Such an exciting recording 9 Nov 2012
I came late to the party that has been going on since Dutton discovered the Music of Richard Arnell, but I'm catching up fast and have now aquired all their recordings. I cannot understand why this music is not better known. To hear something as beautifully crafted as Landscapes and Figures is worth the price of the CD alone. I have listened to that piece half a dozen times and I just can't stop. Unlike some composers Arnell does have his own "sound" and I am appreciating what he could do more and more. Even his film music (the Dagenham Symphony on this disc) is beautifully crafted and then there is the Sinfonia written when he was only just 21. Extraordinary that he was allowed to just dissapear into the mists of time. Clearly Martin Yates and the RSNO really "own" this music. They have recorded so much of the music of Arnell and the orchestra responds magnificently to Arnell's music. He wrote music that orchestras must enjoy playing. I found the Overture to be almost a symphony in one movement, it's sweep and breadth astonishing. It does sound rather American, but then should one be surprised at that considering Arnell was living in the US at the time. I am now a huge fan of this totally under played composer. This recording is well worth having in any music lover's collection and it shouldn't be limited to just lovers of British music either. This music crosses borders!
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Arnell Masterpieces 3 Feb 2013
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Another superb collection of works by this neglected British composer from Maestro Yates and the RSNO.
Just a shame that more orchestras and there conductors and record company's don't take notice of this brilliant genius.
Keep up the good work Dutton and Lewis Foreman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arnell 20 Nov 2012
By Frank Auerbach - Published on Amazon.com
I have been waiting to hear 'Figures and Landscapes' for 40 odd years. So wonderful that Martin Yates' efforts to record so much of Arnell is paying off. Thanks to all those concerned in getting Arnell's music out there.
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