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Genre: Classical | Label: Ch&os | Catalog Number: 10550
Arnold's first ballet score, Homage to the Queen was commissioned to honour the Queen's Coronation & performed by the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden in 1953. The Times wrote of the 2006 Royal Ballet revival: "Malcolm Arnold's score is rich in majesty & filled with colour. A pleasure to hear it again." The ballet suite begins with a Prelude strongly reminiscent of the ceremonial idiom of William Walton's Coronation marches. The initial success of Homage quickly led to another ballet commission for Arnold. In 1954 he composed Rinaldo & Armida, a one-act ‘dance drama', & guest-conducted the first performance himself at the Royal Opera House on January 1955. Rinaldo was based on an episode from Torquato Tasso's poem Ierusalemme liberate (1581). Electra, which here receives is premiere recording was commissioned by the Royal Ballet & first performed in 1963. This work allowed Arnold to tap the darker side of his musical personality, as evidenced in several of his mature symphonies.
Ch&os is well known for its recordings of Malcolm Arnold's music - indeed, they are generally acknowledged by most to rank amongst the finest available - & the recordings of Arnold's film music are best sellers.
This unique anthology of ballet music should prove as popular, for the music is similarly illustrative & entertaining. Few of the ballets are represented in the catalogue & one has never before been recorded (Elektra). However they aptly demonstrate Malcolm Arnold's versatility, covering a broad range of musical moods.
Composer: Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra "
- Suite from ‘Homage to the Queen', Op. 42 (1953)
- Rinaldo & Armida, Op.49 (1954)
Dance-drama in One Act
- Concert Suite from ‘Sweeney Todd', Op. 68a (1959)
- Electra, Op. 79 (1963)
Ballet in One Act