Malcolm Arnold: Review: Overtures

Malcolm Arnold: Review: Overtures
Alongside his nine symphonies and several suites of dances, Arnold's dozen or so overtures form a crucial and very characteristic component of his catalog and his musical temperament. This spanking and sparkly new Chandos collection of 10 of these alternatingly radiant and rousing works is a greatly welcome compilation...One highlight of this release is the premiere recording of the latest of [Arnold's] works in this form, ROBERT KETT...[A] GRAND, GRAND OVERTURE, written for [a] festival of musical parody featuring three vacuum cleaners and one floor polisher - all specially tuned - ...out Rossinis Rossini - it has climax after climax, resulting in one of the most hilarious passages in musical history...the four great early overtures - BECKUS THE DANDIPRATT, THE SMOKE, SUSSEX, TAM O' SHANTER - ...possess a snarling ferocity... — Paul A. Snook, Fanfare A Grand Grand Overture Peterloo The Smoke Tam o’Shanter A Flourish for Orchestra The Fair Field A Sussex Overture Anniversary Overture Robert Kett Beckus the Dandipratt BBC Philharmonic/Gamba Chandos CD 10293

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