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Arnell: Symphony No. 3 / The New Age - Overture Import

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Conductor: Martin Yates
  • Composer: Richard Arnell
  • Audio CD (June 13, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dutton Labs UK
  • ASIN: B000ECWY9O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rex Barron on July 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Arnell is new to me, although English symphonies from the first half of the 20th century are among my very favorite things in life. This is, quite simply, one of the greatest "war" symphonies ever written--broad, sweeping, triumphant and elegiac, with superb writing for the brass. One of those pieces that makes you glad to be alive, even with the tears.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David A. Wend on March 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The music of Richard Arnell was new to me with this CD. Arnell's Third Symphony (1944 - 45) is a massive and dramatic work in six movements. The opening movement is energetic and dramatic, signaling what is to come, and doubtlessly was influenced by events of the Second World War; the composer's mother was killed during the Blitz and the symphony is dedicated to "the courage of the British people." The energy of the first movements continues in the second with a more bucolic middle section that seems to describe life in the British countryside. The third movement is probably the heart of the symphony; it is at turns somber and heroic, reflecting more closely the courage in adversity that is Mr. Arnell's subject. The Scherzo is exuberant and rowdy making an excellent contrast to the darkness of the Andante. The music returns, briefly, to the darkness in the short fifth movement before the closing Allegro. The opening of the Finale is quiet and slowly builds. The mood is triumphant and the symphony is brought to a blazing conclusion.

The disc includes The New Age Overture (1939), a nicely orchestrated work that was originally titles Highgate Hill. Listening to the music one has the feeling it is descriptive of a particular place and the people living there. Richard Arnell's music is beautifully descriptive and tuneful. The recording is well-balanced and is performed magnificently by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I was spellbound by this wonderful music, Arnell's 3rd symphony had me singing out loud (especially in the 2nd movement). And the final movement will bring the house down. Arnell's style is traditional, tonal and ingeniously orchestrated. It has the high majesty of Elgar, the natural lyricism of Vaughan Willams and the orchestral inventiveness of Alwyn.
The New Age overture is also an enchanting and creative piece, a clever English hybrid in the style of Hindemith's Matis der Maler.
Arnell is an British national treasure and it's high time the world came to know his music.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Douglas M. May on July 20, 2007
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I'm a sucker for English 20th century music. I would rather listen to Rubbra or Simpson than Dmitri Shostakovich any day of the week--at least in the realm of symphonies. So I was excited when I read that the symphonies of Arnell were finally going to be recorded, and that the gigantic and problematic 3rd would be the first in the project. I had hoped that Arnell would prove to be a major re-discovery, much as George Lloyd had been in the 1980's.

And he may in fact yet prove to be. There is much in this work that commands admiration and respect--from the clean, if rather stolid, orchestration, to the contrapuntal mastery evidenced by the fugato in the finale. Yet the overall impression with which I am left is of a young composer with a great deal of technique at his disposal but not a great deal to say. There are some nice tunes (curiously for 1945, Arnell's diatonicism in this symphony sounds more like a poignant attempt to channel the pre-WWI optimism of Elgar than what Vaughan Williams captured in the hard-won optimism of his 5th) and some well-prepared and effective climaxes, but too much of the interim consists of grey and static patches of string writing set off against endless chromatic noodling with the motto theme which dominates the whole symphony. Doubly disappointing in that this symphony is a direct outgrowth of the composer's war experiences (his mother died in the blitz) and perhaps his most personal work. VW in his great 4th Symphony captured the horror, heartbreak and resolve of the British people during WWII in a way that this work can only hint at.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Trtek on October 24, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Like at least one other reviewer here, I'm also a sucker for 20th Century British orchestral music. From Vaughan Williams to Bax to Moeran and beyond, I'm more than willing to give any of it a listen, finding that more often than not I want to come back. The music of Richard Arnell may be joining that company in force. For me, his Third Symphony remains a bit of a jumble. My favorite movement is the Shostakovich-like second one, which I'm happy to play over and over again. The final is a nice experience as well. As for the rest of the work, I admit that at first portions struck me as music yearning to say something but somehow never able to really go anywhere. Still, with repeated listening I'm beginning to appreciate those segments more. All of which suggests that first impressions are not always definitive. If you're a sucker for British music as well, give this disc a try. It might grow on you as it has on me.
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