[ Naxos British Piano Concertos / CD ]
Release Date: Saturday 10 November 2007
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"More surprising is the affinity which the Finnish conductor, Esa Heikkilä, shows for Arnold's music. Perhaps his love of Sibelius was his key to Arnold's door, but he certainly conducts this music as if to the manner born. I shouldn't be too surprised: witness Pierre Monteux's affinity for Elgar."
(MusicWeb Jan 2008)
Composed in 1951 during a period of almost frenzied activity, the Concerto for Piano Duet and Strings is one of Malcolm Arnold's finest concertos, full of technical display, melody, contrast and colour. The Concerto for Two Pianos (Three Hands) and Orchestra was written for the legendary three-handed husband and wife team of Phyllis Sellick and Cyril Smith. Unashamedly popular in style, the Concerto contrasts dark tragedy with meltingly romantic melodies, and closes with a brilliantly witty and uplifting rumba.
Beckus the Dandipratt, Op. 5
Fantasy on a Theme of John Field, Op. 116
Concerto for 2 Pianos 3 Hands, Op. 104
Concerto for Piano Duet, Op. 32