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

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


norman lebrecht

October 11, 2020

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



  • This was Malcolm pouring out his unrequited love for Annetta Hoffnung (widow of Gerard Hoffnung). She told me he just drank too much so she steered clear of him.

  • fflambeau says:

    I’ve listened to lots of Arnold’s music on Youtube and can see why it is played little these days.

  • fflambeau says:

    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.

  • Adrian says:

    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.