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Decca announce Arnold edition The Malcolm Arnold Edition is the largest-ever collection of his concert music.

It embraces 61 works, assembled in three Volumes totalling no less than 13 CDs. At the core of The Malcolm Arnold Edition are the 44 Arnold works recorded by Conifer Classics in the 1980’s and ‘90s.

The Conifer Arnold project began at a time when Arnold’s concert music was still largely ignored. It contributed greatly to the re-evaluation of Arnold as a composer of concert music and the revival of his popularity.

It includes many works recorded for the first time. The composer was in attendance at many of the recording sessions

THE MALCOLM ARNOLD EDITION
ON DECCA

Release Date: 25/09/06

VOLUME 1 – THE COMPLETE SYMPHONIES
Barcode: 00289 4765337 0
5CDs

VOLUME 2 – 17 CONCERTOS
Barcode: 00289 4765343 1
4CDs

VOLUME 3 – ORCHESTRAL, BRASS & PIANO MUSIC
Barcode: 00289 4765348 6
4CDs

21st October 2006 marks the 85th birthday of the great English composer Sir Malcolm Arnold, CBE. The Malcolm Arnold Edition is the largest-ever collection of his concert music. It embraces 61 works, assembled in three Volumes totalling no less than 13 CDs.

Volume 1 contains the first recorded complete cycle of Arnold’s 9 symphonies, plus the Symphony for Strings and Symphony for Brass. Volume 2 includes no less than 17 concertos. Volume 3 ranges widest of all. It features overtures, ballet music and other orchestral works, music for brass and the complete solo piano music.

At the core of The Malcolm Arnold Edition are the 44 Arnold works recorded by Conifer Classics in the 1980’s and ‘90s. The Conifer Arnold project began at a time when Arnold’s concert music was still largely ignored. It contributed greatly to the re-evaluation of Arnold as a composer of concert music and the revival of his popularity. It includes many works recorded for the first time. The composer was in attendance at many of the recording sessions.

The Conifer recordings feature the doyen of British conductors, Vernon Handley, who conducts the large orchestral works. Works for chamber orchestra are in the hands of the exciting chamber orchestra London Musici under their dynamic Music Director Mark Stephenson. The concerto soloists represent the cream of British artists, some of them the concertos’ dedicatees.

The Malcolm Arnold Edition also includes Decca recordings of Arnold’s music, from the premiere recording of the English Dances under Boult to recordings by later artists. As a special bonus track we have included the rare 1947 Decca recording of Sir Malcolm as principal trumpet in the first recording of his overture “Beckus the Dandipratt”, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Eduard van Beinum.

This unprecedented survey of the music of one of our most popular and controversial composers, in recordings of unrivalled quality, will be a revelation to British music collectors and general music-lovers alike. The return of the celebrated Conifer recordings, too long unavailable, will be greeted with special enthusiasm.

The Malcolm Arnold Edition

Sir Malcolm Arnold’s recording debut as a composer was highly auspicious. He appeared in the dual role of performer and composer when Eduard van Beinum and the London Philharmonic recorded the Comedy Overture “Beckus the Dandipratt” for Decca in 1947 in Kingsway Hall. Arnold was still the Orchestra’s Principal Trumpet, and would leave the following year to embark on a career as a full-time composer.

Arnold would also make his mark as a prodigious conductor: his own recordings form the basis of any Arnold discography and have reappeared on CD.

By the 1980s however, new recordings of Arnold’s concert music had largely dried up. Some of the greatest symphonies and many other important works still awaited their first recordings. Most music-lovers knew Malcolm Arnold only for his colossal achievements as a film composer and for a handful of concert works.

In 1986 the recently-launched Conifer Classics label set out on to rectify the situation with a major series of recordings of Arnold’s concert music. Over the following decade it would yield not only the first complete recorded cycle of the orchestral symphonies but a total of forty-four orchestral works, among them no less than fourteen concertos.

These Conifer recordings, for many years absent from the catalogues, form the core of The Malcolm Arnold Edition, now reissued on Decca. At the outset we chose two principal artists to undertake this ambitious project. Vernon Handley, the doyen of British conductors, was the obvious choice to conduct the large-scale orchestral works. His dedication to the task and generosity of spirit were as unlimited as they were typical of this wonderful artist.

For the chamber orchestra works – which included most of the concertos – we had as a model Sir Malcolm’s own attitude to music. His concertos in particular he regarded as a gift of friendship, and he wrote them for close friends and colleagues, the leading British musicians of the day. Conifer had newly signed to the label the chamber orchestra London Musici and their Music Director Mark Stephenson. Stephenson had forged an ensemble of brilliant London orchestral players and was working with the most exciting young soloists on the London scene. These were the people, we felt, who would bring to Arnold’s music the virtuosity, style and sensitivity it demands. Since then, these musicians have emerged as the acknowledged successors of Arnold’s old companions as celebrated performers and distinguished conservatoire professors.

To the Conifer recordings we have added unique recordings from the Decca catalogue, beginning with that rare 1947 “Beckus” and including contributions from the London Philharmonic and Sir Adrian Boult, The Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner, The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, Eduardo Fernández and Tommy Reilly. The complete solo piano music was first released by Koch International.

We are most grateful to Sony-BMG for making the Conifer recordings available to Decca for this Edition, and for allowing us to include Michala Petri’s recording of the Recorder Concerto.

Above all, thank you, Sir Malcolm, for the gift of your music..

John Kehoe
Former Director of Artists & Repertoire,
Conifer Classics
john.kehoe.music@btinternet.com


MALCOLM ARNOLD EDITION

Volume 1 –THE COMPLETE SYMPHONIES

CD1

Symphony for Strings, Op.13 20:17
1 Allegro ma non troppo 06:49
2 Andantino quasi allegretto 07:21
3 Allegro feroce 06:07
Lengnick
P1998 Conifer Records Limited DDD

Symphony No.1, Op.22 27:16
4 Allegro 09:51
5 Andantino 09:30
6 Vivace con fuoco 07:55
Lengnick
P1996 Conifer Records Limited DDD

Symphony No.2, Op.40 29:33
7 Allegretto 06:17
8. Vivace 04:14
9 Lento 12:52
10 Allegro con brio 06:10
Paterson
P1994 Conifer Records Limited DDD

TOTAL PLAYING TIME 77:06

CD2

Symphony No.3, Op.63 31:08
1 Allegro 11:10
2 Lento 13:07
3 Allegro con brio 06:51
Paterson
P1996 Conifer Records Limited DDD

Symphony No.4, Op.71 37:24
4 Allegro 12:38
5 Vivace ma non troppo 04:57
6 Andantino 11:45
7 Con fuoco 08:04
Paterson
P1996 Conifer Records Limited DDD

CD3

Symphony No.5, Op.74 30:43
1 Tempestuoso 08:44
2 Andante con moto 11:11
3 Con fuoco 04:42
4 Risoluto 06:06
Paterson
P1996 Conifer Records Limited DDD

Symphony No.6, Op.95 26:41
5 Energico 08:59
6 Lento – Allegretto – Lento 10:54
7 Con fuoco 06:48
Faber Music
P1993 Conifer Records Limited DDD

TOTAL PLAYING TIME 57:24

CD4

Symphony No.7, Op.113 37:40
1 Allegro energico 15:54
2 Andante con moto – Sempre crescendo e accelerando -
Molto vivace – Lento (Derek James, trombone) 13:54
3 Allegro – Allegretto – Allegro – Allegretto – Vivace 07:52
Faber Music
P1991 Conifer Records Limited DDD

Symphony No.8, Op.121 26:27
4 Allegro 11:45
5 Andantino 08:55
6 Vivace 05:47
Faber Music
P1991 Conifer Records Limited DDD

CD5

Symphony for Brass Instruments 22:49
1 Allegro moderato 07:17
2 Allegro grazioso 04:23
3 Andante con moto 05:22
4 Allegro con brio 05:47
Faber Music
P1979 Decca Music Group ADD

Symphony No.9, Op.128 48:50
5 Vivace 08:48
6 Allegretto 10:01
7 Giubiloso 06:13
8 Lento 23:48
Novello
P1996 Conifer Records Limited DDD

TOTAL PLAYING TIME 71:39

VERNON HANDLEY
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 5-8
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Symphony No.9
BBC Concert Orchestra
Symphony for Strings

Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Howard Snell
Symphony for Brass Instruments

Volume 2 – 17 CONCERTOS

CD1

Concerto for Two Violins & Orchestra, Op.77 15:27
1 Allegro risoluto 05:47
2 Andantino 06:55
3 Vivace 02:45
Faber Music
Kenneth Sillito, Lyn Fletcher (violins)
P1989 Conifer Records Limited DDD

Concerto for Viola & Chamber Orchestra, Op.108 20:03
4 Allegro con spirito 07:27
5 Andante con moto 10:08
6 Allegro vivace 02:28
Faber Music
Rivka Golani (viola)
P1992 Conifer Records Limited DDD

Concertino for Oboe and Strings, Op.28a (arr. Roger Steptoe)+ 08:51 08:51
7 Leggiero 02:48
8 Andante con moto 04:18
9 Vivace 01:45
Lengnick
Nicholas Daniel (oboe)
P 1996 Conifer Records Limited DDD

Concerto for Flute & Strings, Op.45 10:41
10 Allegro energico 04:04
11 Andante grazioso 04:39
12 Vivace 01:58
Lengnick
Karen Jones (flute)
P 1989 Conifer Records Limited DDD

Concerto No.2 for Flute & Orchestra, Op.111 12:42
13 Allegro moderato 05:44
14 Vivace 03:04
15 Allegretto 03:54
Faber Music
Karen Jones (flute)
P1993 Conifer Records Limited DDD

Concerto for Recorder and Orchestra, Op.133† 10:59
1. Allegro 03:38
2. Lento
3. Vivace 03:04
Faber Music
Michala Petri (recorder)
P1995 BMG Music DDD

CD2

Concerto for Clarinet & Strings, Op.20 15:58
1 Allegro 06:36
2 Andante con moto 06:16
3 Allegro con fuoco 03:06
Lengnick
Michael Collins (clarinet)
P1989 Conifer Records Limited DDD

Clarinet Concerto No.2, Op.115 15:59
4 Allegro vivace 05:48
5 Lento 07:52
6 (The Pre-Goodman Rag) Allegro ma non troppo 02:19
Cadenza by Richard Rodney Bennett, written for this recording
Faber Music
Michael Collins (clarinet)
P1993 Conifer Records Limited DDD

Concerto No.1 for Horn & Orchestra, Op.11 22:33
7 Allegro comodo 07:37
8 Andante con moto 10:12
9 Allegro con brio 04:44
Lengnick
Richard Watkins (horn)
P1993 Conifer Records Limited DDD

Concerto No.2 for Horn & Strings, Op.58 13:58
10 Con energico 05:01
11 Andante grazioso 05:26
12 Vivace 03:31
Paterson
Richard Watkins (horn)
P1989 Conifer Records Limited DDD

CD3

Concerto for Piano Duet & Strings, Op.32 20:00
1 Allegro 06:52
2 .Larghetto 07:05
3 Vivace 06:03
Lengnick
David Nettle & Richard Markham (piano duet)
P1993 Conifer Records Limited DDD

Concerto for 2 Pianos (3 hands), Op.104 13:31
4 Allegro moderato 05:11
5 Andante moderato 05:13
6 Allegro 03:07
Faber Music
David Nettle & Richard Markham (pianos)
P1994 Conifer Records Limited DDD

7 Fantasy on a Theme of John Field, for piano
& orchestra, Op.116* 21:42
(Dedicated to John Lill)
John Lill (piano)
Faber Music
P1993 Conifer Records Ltd. DDD

CD4

Concerto for Harmonica & Orchestra, Op.46 09:29
1 Giocoso 03:49
2 Mesto 03:41
3 Con brio 01:59
Paterson
Tommy Reilly (harmonica)
P1979 Decca Music Group ADD

Concerto for Guitar & Chamber Orchestra, Op.67 22:20
4 Allegro 06:22
5 Lento 11:33
6 Con brio 04:25
Paterson
Eduardo Fernández (guitar)
P1989 Decca Music Group DDD

Concerto for 28 Players, Op.105 21:23
7 Vivace 06:50
8 Larghetto 09:51
9 Allegro 04:42
Faber Music
London Musici
P1993 Conifer Records Limited DDD

TOTAL PLAYING TIME 68:11

MARK STEPHENSON
London Musici

VERNON HANDLEY*
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra+

OKKO KAMU†
English Chamber Orchestra†

Volume 3 – ORCHESTRAL, BRASS & PIANO MUSIC

CD1

Tam O’Shanter – Overture, Op.51 08:24
Paterson
Derek James (trombone)
P1993 Conifer Records Ltd. DDD

Comedy Overture: Beckus the Dandipratt, Op.5* 07:45
Lengnick
P1998 Conifer Records Limited DDD

Water Music, Op.82b* 08:51
1. Allegro maestoso 03:09
2. Andantino 03:58
3. Vivace 01:44
Paterson
P1998 Conifer Records Limited DDD

Anniversary Overture, Op.99* 03:48
Faber Music
BBC Concert Orchestra
Vernon Handley
P1998 Conifer Records Limited DDD

Philharmonic Concerto, Op.120* 15:19
1. Intrada 05:19
2. Aria 06:28
3. Chacony 03:32
Faber Music
P1998 Conifer Records Limited DDD

Overture: Peterloo, Op.97* 10:13
Faber Music
P1998 Conifer Records Limited DDD

A Flourish for Orchestra, Op.112* 03:17
Faber Music
P1998 Conifer Records Limited DDD

English Dances, Set 1, Op.27 † 08:17
1. Andantino 02:46
2. Vivace 01:44
3. Mesto 02:15
4. Allegro risoluto 01:32
Lengnick
P1954 Decca Music Group Limited ADD

English Dances, Set 2, Op.33† 08:55
1. Allegro non troppo 02:46
2. Con brio 01:31
3. Grazioso 02:17
4. Giubiloso – Lento e mesto 02:21
Lengnick
P1954 Decca Music Group Limited ADD

CD 2

Larch Trees, Op.3+ 11:15
Faber Music
London Musici
Mark Stephenson
P1992 Conifer Records Limited DDD

Serenade for Small Orchestra, Op.26+ 11:45
1. Allegretto 03:26
2. Andante con moto 04:42
3. Allegro vivace 02:37
Lengnick
P1992 Conifer Records Limited DDD

Sweeney Todd – Concert Suite for Orchestra, Op.68a 20:09
(Arranged from the complete ballet score by David Ellis in association with the composer in 1984)
Faber Music
P1993 Conifer Records Ltd. DDD

Carnival of Animals, Op.72* 08:45
1. The Giraffe 01:19
2. Sheep 02:00
3. Cows 01:24
4. Mice 01:35
5. Jumbo 02:01
6. Chiroptera (Bats) 00:26
Sir Malcolm Arnold
P1994 Conifer Records Limited DDD

A Grand, Grand Overture, Op.57 07:19
Paterson
Guest Cleaners: Tryggvi Tryggvason, John Kehoe, Emma Stocker, Marian Freeman
P1994 Conifer Records Limited DDD

Overture, Beckus the Dandipratt, Op.5* 07:16
Lengnick
Malcolm Arnold (Principal Trumpet)
P1947 Decca Music Group ADD

VERNON HANDLEY
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
BBC Concert Orchestra*

SIR ADRIAN BOULT††
London Philharmonic Orchestra†

MARK STEPHENSON+
London Musici+

CD3

Quintet for Brass, Op.73 11:53
1. Allegro vivace 03:57
2. Chaconne 04:47
3. Con brio 03:09
Paterson
Decca Music Group ADD

English Dances, Set 1, Op.27 (arr. Farr) 09:00
1. Andantino 03:09
2. Vivace 01:45
3. Mesto 02:38
4. Allegro risoluto 01:28
Lengnick

English Dances, Set 2, Op.33 (arr. Farr) 08:46
1. Allegro non troppo 02:50
2. Con brio 01:31
3. Grazioso 02:11
4. Giubiloso – Lento e mesto 02:14
Lengnick

4 Scottish Dances, Op.59 (arr. Farr) 09:01
1. Pesante 02:07
2. Vivace 02:06
3. Allegretto 03:32
4. Con brio 01:16
Paterson

Fantasy for Brass Band, Op.114 10:33
Prelude (Allegro moderato) – Dance (Allegretto) -
Elegy (Andante con moto) – Scherzo (Vivace) –
Postlude (Allegro moderato-Vivace)
Henrees Music

Little Suite No.1 for Brass Band, Op.80 07:16
1. Prelude (Allegro ma non troppo) 02:05
2. Sicilano (Andantino) 03:19
3. Rondo (Allegro vivace) 01:57
Paterson

4 Cornish Dances 09:32
1. Vivace 01:33
2. Andantino 03:18
3. Con moto e sempre senza parodia 02:34
4. Allegro ma non troppo 02:17
Faber Music

The Padstow Lifeboat*
Henrees Music

P1993 Conifer Records Limited DDD

GRIMETHORPE COLLIERY BAND
Sir Malcolm Arnold*
Elgar Howarth

PHILIP JONES BRASS ENSEMBLE
Elgar Howarth

CD4

The Complete Solo Piano Music 71:30
Benjamin Frith (piano)
[Ex 472900-2]

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