Arnold: Wind Chamber Music

Arnold: Wind Chamber Music

by East Winds
     
 

This splendid CD by the British ensemble East Winds (not to be confused with the U.S. East Winds Ensemble) will deepen the general appreciation for Malcolm Arnold, inasmuch as the composer's music for winds, with the possible exception of the genial "Three Shanties, Op. 4," remains known mostly to enthusiasts outside of Britain.See more details below

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This splendid CD by the British ensemble East Winds (not to be confused with the U.S. East Winds Ensemble) will deepen the general appreciation for Malcolm Arnold, inasmuch as the composer's music for winds, with the possible exception of the genial "Three Shanties, Op. 4," remains known mostly to enthusiasts outside of Britain. The music comes from various stages of Arnold's career, but much of it dates from the 1940s and reflects the composer's engagement with light music and with American jazz. This aspect of Arnold's music remains underrated. He did not treat American music abstractly or sensually as most of his European contemporaries did; instead, he remains true to the spirit of jazz while still elaborating the material in ways derived from the concert traditions of his day, principally of the neo-Classic variety. The music on the album ranges from pieces closely akin to Arnold's film scores to clever little dissections of jazz, with the "Suite Bourgeoise" of the early '40s (tracks 13-17) offering an especially unusual mixture of styles ranging from tango to sober polyphony. The brassy middle movement bears the curious title "Dance (censored)"; the booklet explains that "whorehouse" was the original subtitle. The big question mark here is the presentation of the most recent work on the album, the "Duo for Two Clarinets, Op. 135," composed in 1988. Its six movements are divided from each other and treated as interludes in the program. One can see why the performers wanted to do this, for there is a divertimento-like aspect to this little work. Throwing each movement into relief also makes the listener focus on the complexities (often humorous) of its individual parts. But one can't help feeling that the work, which combines Bartók's understanding of polyphony with Mompou's uses of silence and yet is unmistakably Arnold's own, is being slightly undersold by this treatment. Whatever the listener may conclude, there's more than enough wonderful new music on this disc to make it worth the while of any fan of British music.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/29/2007
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313029471
catalogNumber:
8570294
Rank:
166058

Tracks

  1. Woodwind Quintet, Op. 2  - Malcolm Arnold  - Christopher Wood  -  East Winds Ensemble  -  East Winds
  2. Duo for 2 clarinets, Op. 135: 1. Allegro energico  - Malcolm Arnold  - Victoria Soames  - Christopher Wood  - Allison Rosser  -  East Winds
  3. Dream City, for piano  - Malcolm Arnold  - Christopher Wood  -  East Winds Ensemble  -  East Winds
  4. Duo for 2 clarinets, Op. 135: 2. Allegretto  - Malcolm Arnold  - Victoria Soames  - Christopher Wood  - Allison Rosser  -  East Winds
  5. Hobson's Choice, film score: Overture  - Malcolm Arnold  - Christopher Wood  - Duncan Fuller  -  East Winds Ensemble  - Lauren Barr  - Veda Lin  - Allison Rosser  -  East Winds
  6. Duo for 2 clarinets, Op. 135: 3. Vivace  - Malcolm Arnold  - Victoria Soames  - Christopher Wood  - Allison Rosser  -  East Winds
  7. Grand Fantasia, for flute, trumpet (or clarinet) & piano  - Malcolm Arnold  - Victoria Soames  - Christopher Wood  - Judy Treggor  - Paul Chilvers  -  East Winds
  8. Duo for 2 clarinets, Op. 135: 4. Lento  - Malcolm Arnold  - Victoria Soames  - Christopher Wood  - Allison Rosser  -  East Winds
  9. Overture for wind octet  - Malcolm Arnold  - Christopher Wood  - Duncan Fuller  -  East Winds Ensemble  - Lauren Barr  - Veda Lin  - Allison Rosser  -  East Winds
  10. Duo for 2 clarinets, Op. 135: 5. Vivace  - Malcolm Arnold  - Victoria Soames  - Christopher Wood  - Allison Rosser  -  East Winds
  11. Suite Bourgeoise, for flute, oboe & piano  - Malcolm Arnold  - Victoria Soames  - Christopher Wood  - Judy Treggor  - Paul Chilvers  -  East Winds
  12. Duo for 2 clarinets, Op. 135: 6. Adagio  - Malcolm Arnold  - Victoria Soames  - Christopher Wood  - Allison Rosser  -  East Winds
  13. You Know What Sailors Are, film score: Scherzetto  - Malcolm Arnold  - Victoria Soames  - Christopher Wood  - Paul Chilvers  -  East Winds
  14. Fantasy for clarinet, Op. 87  - Malcolm Arnold  - Victoria Soames  - Christopher Wood  -  East Winds
  15. Fantasy for flute & clarinet  - Malcolm Arnold  - Victoria Soames  - Christopher Wood  - Judy Treggor  -  East Winds
  16. Divertimento for flute, oboe & clarinet, Op. 37  - Malcolm Arnold  - Victoria Soames  - Christopher Wood  - Judy Treggor  - Joseph Sanders  -  East Winds
  17. Shanties (3), for wind quintet, Op. 4  - Malcolm Arnold  - Christopher Wood  -  East Winds Ensemble  -  East Winds

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East Winds   Primary Artist

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