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« Reply #585 on: October 23, 2021, 04:50:58 pm »

Will this pleasure never end? As you can't have too much of a good thing (unless it's prunes), I have just added the further Malcolm Arnold broadcasts as MP3s:

Symphony No.2, Op.40 (1953)
LSO/ George Hurst (br. early 1960s)

Serenade for Guitar and Strings, Op.50 (1955)
David Russell, guitar/ BBC CO/ James Lockhart (br. 19/10/1983)

Symphony No.4, Op.71 (1960)
BBC Northern SO/ Raymond Leppard (br. 30/1/1980)

Symphony No.5, Op.74 (1961)
BBC SSO/ Malcolm Arnold (br. 23/10/1971)

Symphony No.7, Op.113 (1973)
BBC PO/ Edward Downes (br. 21/10/1986)

Symphony No.7, Op.113 (1973)
BBC PO/ Charles Groves (br. 19/11/1991)

Symphony No.8, Op.124 (1978)
BBC Northern SO/ Charles Groves (br. 2/10/1981)

Symphony No.8, Op.124 (1978)
BBC SSO/ Vernon Handley (17/3/1984, br. 28/4/1984)

Brass Quintet No.2, Op.132 (1987)
Fine Arts Brass Ensemble (br. 11/7/1988)

Regarding the first movement of the 7th, which I think is one of the most astonishing contributions to British symphonism: Downes is a bit slack, Groves is better but nothing beats Vernon Handley and the NYO. Go on, explore them all, and then listen to Handley on Conifer, Gamba on Chandos and Penny on Naxos!


No wonder the archive is running out of storage space.

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