Arnold: Scottish, Cornish, English, Irish Dances / London PO

Release Date: 8/1/2006
Label: Lyrita
Catalog Number: SRCD201
Composer: Malcolm Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lyrita is back, thank God, courtesy of Nimbus, and this now-legendary recording of Malcolm Arnold conducting his own delightful English, Scottish, Irish, and Cornish Dances (plus the Sarabande and Polka from the ballet Solitaire) never has been surpassed. True, the playing isn't quite perfect. There are a couple of brass flubs here and there, but you have to strain to hear them and probably won't notice. More to the point, the sheer gusto of the interpretations (witness English Dance No. 4) and the impact of the superb engineering remain in a class of their own. Colorful, tuneful, and a delight from first note to last, this disc is a treasure whose appeal hasn't dimmed a bit since the day it was released. No self-respecting collector of English music can afford to be without it. [9/19/2006]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
1. Cornish Dances (4), Op. 91 by Malcolm Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1968 ; England
2. English Dances (4), Op. 27 by Malcolm Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1950 ; England
3. English Dances (4), Op. 33 by Malcolm Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1951 ; England
4. Irish Dances (4), Op. 126 by Malcolm Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1986 ; England
5. Scottish Dances (4), Op. 59 by Malcolm Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; England
6. Solitaire: Sarabande by Malcolm Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1956 ; England
7. Solitaire: Polka by Malcolm Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1956 ; England
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