- Composer: Arnold
- Audio CD (June 1 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Ncl
- ASIN: B00005B4C7
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,201 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Symphony No. 5, Op. 74: Tempestuoso|
|2. Symphony No. 5, Op. 74: Andante con moto|
|3. Symphony No. 5, Op. 74: Con fuoco|
|4. Symphony No. 5, Op. 74: Risoluto|
|5. Symphony No. 6, Op. 95: Energico|
|6. Symphony No. 6, Op. 95: Lento|
|7. Symphony No. 6, Op. 95: Con fuoco|
Recorded in the presence of the composer, both of these symphonies are allowed to speak for themselves on their own terms. If I had to give one word descriptions for these works, I would say the 5th symphony is beautiful and the 6th is (though still beautiful) dark. Penny allows both pieces the time required to unfold in all their glory.
I have been very impressed by several recordings that I have heard from the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. As their wonderful playing on this disc proves, they continue to emerge as a world-class outfit. The Naxos sound on this disc is remarkable--it is clear, balanced, and has just the right depth for the more haunting moments in the 5th.
I recommend this recording of Arnold's 5th and 6th symphonies wholeheartedly.
Here his talents shine in two symphony offerings. The Fifth certainly illustrates so wonderfully what is charateristic of this composer: intensity of emotion, rhythm, flair for orchestration. Particularly fond of the Andante con moto, which shows his strong Mahler influence, with building anxieties and dissonance outbursts, but especially the peaceful landing with the flute restatement.
The Sixth with its Shostakovich textural undertones shines in the Lento. Here one sees his skill in modern film scores, and the harmonies which delight and tingle.
The Penny led National Symphony of Ireland does a masterful job, with outstanding performances by the percussion and woodwinds.
Great place to start perusal of this man's output. Bargain which has quality sound throughout.
For my part, I eagerly look forward to hearing Mr. Penny's other Arnold recordings.