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The 1941 Phantasy for String Quartet is the earliest and most conventional piece on the program. No odd juxtapositions here, just a successful attempt to entertain. Hear the ending of the piece, and the CD, in this excerpt [listen -- track 9, 9:40-10:31].

Throughout his life Malcolm Arnold seemed to compose for his own ends without paying much attention to the preoccupations of academics, critics or other composers. Because of this it will take some time for an impartial view of his work to form. I recommend savoring the Maggini's outstanding advocacy while we await history's judgment.

Copyright © 6 June 2007 Ron Bierman, Barcelona, Spain


Arnold: String Quartets Nos 1 and 2

8.557762 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 56'59" 2007 Naxos Rights International Ltd

Maggini Quartet (Laurence Jackson, violin; David Angel, violin; Martin Outram, viola; Michal Kaznowski, cello)

Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006): String Quartet No 1 Op 23 (Allegro commodo; Vovace; Andante; Allegro con spirito); String Quartet No 2 Op 118 (Allegro; Maestoso con molto rubato - Allegro vivace; Andante; Allegretto - Vivace - Lento); Phantasy for String Quartet "Vita Abundans" (1941)



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