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ARNOLD, M.: Cello Concerto / Symphony for Strings / Fantasy (Wallfisch, Turner, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Sinfonia, Ward, Howarth)

ARNOLD, M.: Cello Concerto / Symphony for Strings / Fantasy (Wallfisch, Turner, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Sinfonia, Ward, Howarth)

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release date: November 2011


Artists:

Manchester Sinfonia


Northern Chamber Orchestra


Ward, Nicholas


Howarth, Richard


Nicholas Ward

Conductor

Raphael Wallfisch

Soloist

John Turner

Soloist

Richard Howarth

Soloist

Esther Ingham

Soloist

Venue:

Alderley Edge Methodist Church, Cheshire, UK


Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Manchester University, UK


St Thomas' Church, Stockport, UK


Withington Girls' School, Manchester, UK



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 73:16
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ARNOLD, M.: Cello Concerto / Symphony for Strings / Fantasy (Wallfisch, Turner, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Sinfonia, Ward, Howarth)

     
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MALCOLM ARNOLD

 

Shakespearean Cello Concerto, Op. 136 (2000 revised edition)

 
1 I. Allegro 6:42
 Raphael Wallfisch Soloist
 Ward, Nicholas
     
2 II. Lento 7:56
 Raphael Wallfisch Soloist
 Ward, Nicholas
     
3 III. Vivace 5:41
 Raphael Wallfisch Soloist
 Ward, Nicholas
     
 

DAVID ELLIS

 

Concertino for Flute and Strings, Op. 19a (arr. D. Ellis from Flute Sonatina)

 
4 I. Allegro 3:07
 Esther Ingham Soloist
 Howarth, Richard
     
5 II. Andante 3:11
 Esther Ingham Soloist
 Howarth, Richard
     
6 III. Allegretto 1:58
 Esther Ingham Soloist
 Howarth, Richard
     
 

MALCOLM ARNOLD

 

Fantasy for Recorder and String Quartet, Op. 140 (2001 revised version)

 
7 I. Andante e mesto 3:09
 John Turner Soloist
 Howarth, Richard
     
8 II. Allegro 1:36
 John Turner Soloist
 Howarth, Richard
     
9 III. Lento e mesto 2:43
 John Turner Soloist
 Howarth, Richard
     
10 IV. Allegretto 1:33
 John Turner Soloist
 Howarth, Richard
     
11 V. Vivace 3:43
 John Turner Soloist
 Howarth, Richard
     
 

DAVID ELLIS

 

Saxophone Concerto (arr. D. Ellis from Piano Sonata)

 
12 I. Allegro ma non troppo 4:48
 Richard Howarth Soloist
 Howarth, Richard
     
13 II. Andante con moto 2:45
 Richard Howarth Soloist
 Howarth, Richard
     
14 III. Alla marcia 2:33
 Richard Howarth Soloist
 Howarth, Richard
     
 

MALCOLM ARNOLD

 

Symphony for Strings, Op. 13

 
15 I. Allegro ma non troppo 8:27
 Nicholas Ward Conductor
 Ward, Nicholas
     
16 II. Andantino, quasi allegretto 7:32
 Nicholas Ward Conductor
 Ward, Nicholas
     
17 III. Allegro feroce 5:52
 Nicholas Ward Conductor
 Ward, Nicholas


Sir Malcolm Arnold’s preference for classical forms is fully explored in this representative but uniquely distinctive programme. Orchestrations of earlier works form the lyrical Concertino for Flute and Strings and a Saxophone Concerto whose bold statements foreshadow the gritty and powerful Symphony for Strings. Arnold’s virtuoso Fantasy for Recorder and String Quartet is a late work, and the Cello Concerto was the composer’s last in this form; a piece which speaks directly from the soul, appearing here in its première recording.

                                Recording of the Month
"...The disc is a hands-down winner in the Naxos catalogue and slips nicely into the same rank occupied by Penny’s box of the symphonies. It is in complementary company alongside the equally well targeted Naxos CD of the piano and orchestra works."

Rob Barnett - MusicWeb-International.com - September 2011


"...All the performances are excellent, palpably savouring the composer’s diamond-sharp craftsmanship; Raphael Wallfisch’s mellow-tones virtuosity excels even in this company."

Malcolm Hayes - BBC Music Magazine -  November 2011


"...flutist Esther Ingham handles the technical challenges cleanly, and in fact all the musicians seem attuned to Arnold’s lively mood. Some of the music is probably second-drawer Arnold, but those who enjoy this unpredictable composer will find some overlooked gems here."

James Manheim - Allmusic.com - October 2011
 


"...Two meaty offerings from opposite ends of Sir Malcom Arnold’s career top and tail this stimulating Naxos anthology. ...it emerges as an attractively clean-cut, formidably concentrated offering ... The performances span a period of some five years (and emanate from no fewer than four different venues) but are never less than expert and thoroughly dedicated. No true Arnold enthusiast will want to miss this valuable release."

Andrew Achenbach - Gramophone magazine - November 2011


"The Northern Chamber Orchestra and the Manchester Sinfonia respectively deliver crisp, intelligent readings, supporting two stellar soloist performances. In the Cello Concerto, Wallfisch encapsulates Arnold’s peculiarly British musical sensibility brilliantly, giving us pithy severity one moment and personal, lyrical expressiveness the next. John Turner’s recorder performance is a virtuoso tour de force."     *****

Charlotte Gardner - Classic FM - November 2011
 


"...the concerto is a wonderful piece ... the result works amazingly well.Excellent sound and good notes ..."

Roger Hecht -  American Record Guide - January 2012


"...brilliantly played, and audio is superb. Here’s another winner from Naxos—don’t miss it!"

ClassicalCDReview.com - November 2011


"...these performances are good and sound good…And the Cello Concerto seems a fairly healthy piece ..."

Steven Kruger - Fanfare - March 2012




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