Started by Thom, April 12, 2007, 10:28:13 AM
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Quote from: Harry on April 12, 2007, 10:35:04 AMOf course there are many admirers on this board, and since you have the complete works on three boxes, the Decca recordings we know your admiration.Today I played this one, and good it is.
Quote from: Spitvalve on April 12, 2007, 10:56:37 AMTerry Teachout is a critic I usually don't have much sympathy with, but in this article from Commentary, I think he hits the nail on the head in regard to Arnold's real worth:
Quote from: XXXPawn on April 12, 2007, 10:50:21 AMI own this one Harryand i think these quartets are very good indeed, his 2nd especially.
Quote from: Catison on April 12, 2007, 04:06:14 PMThe Madison Brass Band (which I participate in) is playing his two Little Suites for Brass Band. They are absolutely wonderful gems. I've also really fallen in love with his 7th symphony. I would like to get all the symphonies, so is there a box set worth obtaining?
Quote from: Harry on April 12, 2007, 10:39:59 PMI would say that the Naxos set would do very nicely, a good recording, fine performance, and the stamp from the composer, since he was there with many of the recording sessions.
Quote from: XXXPawn on April 12, 2007, 10:55:13 PMGood morning Harry,Was he really there Harry? I mean with all his mental facilities? There is a brief interview with Arnold on the Naxos disk and he doesn't seem to be very coherent in his speech. I do want to belief though that Arnold's stamp is on the Penny recordings which are very good in my opinion (I think I prefer them over the Handley recordings in the Decca anniversary boxed set).X
Quote from: Catison on April 12, 2007, 04:06:14 PM I've also really fallen in love with his 7th symphony. I would like to get all the symphonies, so is there a box set worth obtaining?
Quote from: Spitvalve on April 12, 2007, 11:12:49 PMAnother vote for the Naxos box, one of the best things they've done IMHO.That 7th Symphony is a scorcher, ain't it? It's like musical record of someone's psychological collapse.
Quote from: Harry on April 12, 2007, 11:05:09 PMI read an interview with him shortly before he died, in which he clearly stated how happy he was during the recording sessions, and how happy he was with the results.
Quote from: XXXPawn on April 13, 2007, 12:29:03 AMHarry, Do you happen to know the DVD documentary "Into the unknown region" about Arnold? Some time ago I bought this DVD. Interesting watching. At the end of his life Arnold was seriously suffering from dementia. Shocking to watch at the end of the DVD how Arnold is mumbling and rambling, already there in that unknown region, about 'Malcolm bloody Arnold' with a lot of hatred, who knows about what.Anyway I don't want to dispute Arnold's stamp on the Penny recordings. Indeed they are very good and i must say, i prefer them over the Handley's recordings on the anniversary Decca boxed set. Indeed the sound of the Naxos cd's is superb.X
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