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At the core of The Malcolm Arnold Edition are the 44 Arnold works recorded by Conifer Classics in the 1980’s and ‘90s. The Conifer Arnold project began at a time when Arnold’s concert music was still largely ignored. It contributed greatly to the re-evaluation of Arnold as a composer of concert music and the revival of his popularity. It includes many works recorded for the first time. The composer was in attendance at many of the recording sessions.
The Conifer recordings feature one of the senior British conductors, Vernon Handley, who conducts the large orchestral works. Works for chamber orchestra are in the hands of the exciting chamber orchestra London Musici under their dynamic Music Director Mark Stephenson. The concerto soloists represent the cream of British artists, some of them the concertos’ dedicatees.
The Malcolm Arnold Edition also includes Decca recordings of Arnold’s music, from the premiere recording of the English Dances under Sir Adrian Boult to recordings by later artists. As a special bonus track Decca have included the rare 1947 recording of Sir Malcolm as principal trumpet in the first recording of his overture “Beckus the Dandipratt”, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Eduard van Beinum.
Full track listings of the Malcolm Arnold Edition and more information are available via this link.
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