Arnold: Cello Concerto (John Turner/ Manchester Sinfonia/ Nicholas Ward/ Northern Chamber Orchestra/ Raphael Wallfisch/ Richard Howarth) (Naxos: 8.572640)
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Sir Malcolm Arnold's preference for classical forms is fully explored in this representative but uniquely distinctive programme. Orchestrations of earlier works form the lyrical Concertino for Flute and Strings and a Saxophone Concerto whose bold statements foreshadow the gritty and powerful Symphony for Strings. Arnold's virtuoso Fantasy for Recorder and String Quartet is a late work, and the Cello Concerto was the composer's last in this form; a piece which speaks directly from the soul, appearing here in its premiere recording.
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