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Arnold: Ballet Music / Rumon Gamba


Release Date: 10/27/2009 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10550   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Malcolm Arnold
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fans of Malcolm Arnold will want this disc as a matter of course; the music is wholly characteristic. Though nominally ballet music, there's little here that sounds especially danceable, which doesn't mean it's not rhythmic. Rather, these scores sound just like film music, and accordingly they are most interesting where they are most atmospheric--Rinaldo and Armida and Sweeney Todd, principally. Electra is largely atonal but sounds like Arnold anyway, while Homage to the Queen is one of those British pageant pieces that you'd have to be a hardcore monarchist to love. Still, it's brilliantly scored and lots of fun, and you kind of get the idea that Arnold wasn't taking it all that seriously (heretical though the notion may be). The Read more performances are as vigorous and colorful as the music itself, and the sonics are first-rate. Not great Arnold, perhaps, but as I said, it's all very typical, and for many listeners that will be more than enough.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Homage to the Queen Suite, Op. 42a by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; England 
Length: 19 Minutes 10 Secs. 
2.
Rinaldo and Armida, Op. 49 by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; England 
Length: 20 Minutes 22 Secs. 
3.
Sweeney Todd: Suite, Op 68a by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; England 
Length: 19 Minutes 39 Secs. 
4.
Electra, Op. 79 by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 14 Minutes 49 Secs. 

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