Malcolm Arnold Rarities Restored

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Beckus the Dandipratt – Comedy Overture, Op.5
Concerto for two pianos (three hands), Op.104
English Dance No.3, Op.27/3
English Dance No.5, Op.33/1
Peterloo – Overture, Op.97
Solitaire – Sarabande & Polka
Symphony No.1, Op.22
Symphony No.2, Op.40
Symphony No.5, Op.74
Tam O’Shanter – Overture, Op.51

Reviewed by: Andrew Achenbach

Reviewed: March 2007
CD No: EMI 3 82146 2 (2 CDs)
Duration: 2 hours 32 minutes

Arnold always was a memorably feisty and skilful interpreter of his own music, so it’s doubly frustrating that the marvellous 1955 RPO versions of the Second Symphony and Beckus (transferred from an extremely rare Philips mono LP – the master-tapes having long since disappeared) have been terminally over-processed; otherwise, all these vintage performances (the Fifth Symphony intensely involving) sound very well.

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