The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (205): Arnold’s Adagietto

By special request: the slow movement of Malcolm Arnold’s fifth symphony.


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  • Recorded with the BBC Orchestra (after a column from what yesterday? telling us the BBC shunned Arnold).

    If you really want to see a great composer who was shunned look to the U.S.A. (not the U.K.) and to Alan Hovhaness not Malcolm Arnold.

    Hovhaness had to form his own record company to get anything recorded! Leonard Bernstein, to my knowledge, NEVER recorded him or played his music although Toscanini, Fritz Reiner, and Eugene Ormandy (all Europeans) did.

  • Was listening to this only yesterday as part of the massive @britsymphcup of 500 British/Irish symphonies on Twitter. Started in April and has now reached Round 4. Arnold’s 5th fought off James MacMillan’s 5th to go into Round 5.

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