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Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6


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1. Symphony No.5, Op.74: I. Tempestuoso
2. II. Andante con moto - Adagio
3. Symphony No.5, Op.74: III Con fuoco
4. Symphony No.5, Op.74: Risoluto - Lento
5. Symphony No.6, Op.95: I. Energico
6. Symphony No.6, Op.95: II. Lento - Allegretto - Lento
7. Symphony No.6, Op.95: III. Con fuoco

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Crackling Good! July 15 2009
By Karl W. Nehring - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There once was available a recording of the Arnold 6th conducted by Vernon Handley on Conifer, a CD that also includes some shorter pieces by Sir Malcolm. The Chandos cycle recorded by Hickox concentrates on the symphonies themselves, so in this case, the diskmate of the 6th is the 5th, an engaging symphony that is the piece that first got me hooked on Arnold's music back in the late '70s. If you have not yet heard any of Sir Malcolm's symphonies, then this disk is an ideal starting place. The 5th is an engaging symphony that features sweeping melodies and abrupt changes in mood, while the 6th is an intriguing work with haunting instrumental lines and skipping rhythms. In both works, the performances crackle, and the sound quality is top-notch.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Magnificent performances of marvelous works Aug. 6 2010
By G.D. - Published on Amazon.com
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I haven't really heard too many of the different recordings of Malcolm Arnold's various symphonies, but I'll be hard-pressed to believe that many of them can beat the Hickox versions; taut, powerful readings, immaculate orchestral playing and glorious sound. The fifth and sixth symphonies might very well be his best works in the genre - powerful, melodic, lean but big-boned, full of gorgeous tunes but at the same time bitingly sarcastic, often quite angry, even.

The fifth is rather Sibelian, opening with a slightly distressed but emotionally kaleidoscopic first movement; it is brimful of inventive gestures but is still tautly constructed. The second movement comes with a sense of (dark) relaxation, but drama soon starts to bubble beneath the surface. The last two movements are thematically related to the first and second, respectively. The scherzo is a stunning swirl of electrical power, whereas the finale starts off as an ironic march, moves to a powerful climax and then gives way to a gorgeous, overtly sentimental, Hollywoodesque ending.

The sixth has a certain jazzy feel to it (Arnold himself cited Charlie Parker as an influence), but mixed with Sibelius, Martinu and Hollywood film music. Of all of Arnold's works I've heard, this is probably the most immediately appealing (it is also the shortest), although repeated listenings reveal yet new aspects - in short, this is a fabulously inventive, imaginative and strikingly scored work.

The London Symphony Orchestra plays with commitment and flair and Hickox manages impressively to steer the performances between the Scylla and Charybdis of over-romanticizing the music and over-analyzing it. In short, these are crisp, buoyant, zesty and powerful - I won't hesitate to call them spectacular - performances. The sound is superb; clear and warm and full-bodied. A marvelous disc, urgently recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Superb performances that lay bear the ambiguities of Arnold the man and his music Nov. 12 2013
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This extremely well recorded disc from 1995 gives a searingly accurate and honest picture of the music and the man, both inseparably linked. The performances by the LSO are simply in the demonstration class as is the recording itself.

Arnold was a trumpet player initially but first made his name through numerous successful film scores. This type of writing enabled him to develop and hone his skill for effective textural effects, the tight control of time span and the ability to achieve his emotional targets with considerable precision and economy of time. He was subsequently able to muster this considerable arsenal of compositional skills when his attention was drawn to concert music such as his series of symphonies or sets of dances.

These skills were apparent right from his first symphony but increasingly after the second symphony his personal problems, which could be described as his dark side, begin to affect the content nd nature of his music. These personal conflicts and confusions are to be found in the following symphonies and these two could be described as the last of those which keep a balance between light and dark. The following three symphonies become increasing inward and focussed on continuing struggle.

The fifth and the sixth symphonies recorded here blend lyrical motifs with discordant and violent episodes. These conflicts and their resolutions are what make Arnold's music so compelling and ultimately satisfying at this stage. The virtuoso use of the orchestra to create and resolve these elements is aurally exciting. There can be little doubt that Arnold was a symphonic composer of stature and Hickox gives us recordings of similar stature here.

I would suggest that these have strong claim , not only to be the best recordings available today, but also the best ever made of these works. As such they warrant serious consideration as a purchase option.


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