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Cat. No. CHAN 9851 Price: £10.5 No. of discs: 1
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CHAN 9851 - The Film Music of Sir Malcolm Arnold, Vol. 2
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Available From: 14 September 2000
Mention a title of a 1950s British film and there is a good chance that its music was composed by Sir Malcolm Arnold. The 1950s was Arnold’s most prolific period, for not only was he writing symphonies and concertos, but feature film and documentary scores as well. From his first feature film (Badger’s Green, released in 1947) Arnold began a successful career composing scores for over one hundred films, including Hobson’s Choice, the St Trinian’s series, Trapeze and his most well known The Bridge on the River Kwai. After working with some of the most gifted directors of the postwar period – David Lean, Carol Reed, John Huston and Joseph Losey – Arnold took an early retirement from the world of film in 1969, at the age of forty-eight. When asked why he retired, he replied:

By the time of the 1960s, they [producers] all wanted theme songs in the films and I didn’t want that. I also wished to devote more time to my other [concert] music.

Perhaps overshadowed to some extent by his more famous efforts, (Bridge on the River Kwai and The Inn of the Sixth Happiness), Arnold still managed to produce a remarkable and distinguished output for other films, including those represented on this CD. As many of his scores have been lost, Philip Lane has once again revealed his skilful hand in arranging and reorchestrating many of these suites.

When one now looks back at Arnold’s career and the prodigious rate at which he was able to compose, one thing will stand out: the sheer quality of his film music. Nowhere is this more evident that in the present collection of suites.
Reviews

‘Add effulgent performances and luxurious sound to the mix, and you have an indispensable adjunct to the film music catalog’.
American Record Guide

‘Rumon Gamba and the BBC Philharmonic perform brilliantly, as do the Chandos engineers. I want more.’
American Record Guide on CHAN 9774 (Auric)

‘A cracking addition to the budding Chandos Movies label, and essential listening for film- and British-music fans alike… Not to be missed!’
Gramophone on CHAN 9749 (Rawsthorne)

‘From the gusto of the playing throughout, it seems clear that the BBC Philharmonic enjoyed making this disc: understandably so.’
Gramophone on CHAN 9774 (Auric)

 

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