on 9 November 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!