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Sir Malcolm Arnold

This message was contributed by Richard Sandland on 13/6/02.
It was in reply to this message: Sir Malcolm Arnold
posted by Lawrie Dunn on 8/6/02.

This lack of recognition is typical, though, of the UK establishment's approach to British composers. I mean, is there, seriously, out there, ANYONE who ever wants to hear Tchaik 5 (actually, any note the man wrote under whatever provokation) or Dvorak 9 or all of the other potboilers that programmers insist that we need to hear, ever, EVER again? Surely to God there isn't any need to hear all of this music over and over.....now some of the "others", like Bax, or Alwyn, or Frankel, or Holst (know anything much other than The Planets?) are just waiting to be heard; and Sir Malc is one of these neglected, non money-spinning composers, not "good box office". You can hear all of Sir Malc's symphonies well done on Naxos records, dirt cheap (I mean £30 for the lot, which is a hell of a bargain) or more expensive on Chandos - but the Chandos recordings do feature one Maurice Murphy, so the extra dosh is worth it.


I appear to have climbed aboard my soap box...but then, if you want polemic, you should hear Sir Malc's PA, Anthony Day, go on about it. Now there's a card for you.......

FABE plays music from ages ago, but also plays music by living geezers, and not long dead geezers, so stick with us and future Sir Malcs may be in with a chance of hearing their dots more than once.

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