Malcolm Arnold Symphony No 9
4th March 2008
This late work is also one of Arnold’s most controversial and had to wait a number of years before its first professional performance by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Charles Groves. Today however, no fewer than three recordings of the piece are commercially available (on the Naxos, Chandos and Decca labels) and the work is regarded as the landmark conclusion to Arnold’s lifelong series of deeply autobiographical symphonies.
Symphony No 9 was composed during the early years of Arnold’s recuperation from alcoholism and manic depression, shortly after his move to the Norfolk countryside. It was completed in 1986 and is dedicated to the composer’s carer John Anthony Day.
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