MALCOLM ARNOLD (1921-2006): Rinaldo and Armida, Op. 49, Suite from Sweeney Todd, Op. 68a, Suite from Homage to the Queen, Op. 42, Electra, Op. 79.
Catalogue Number: 11L012
Description: These ballet scores all date from the decade 1953-63 with the coronation ballet suitably grand and celebratory, the two middle ones characterized by music of vivid, film-score quality (Keystone Cops and music-hall elements in Sweeney) while the latest, Electra, has atonal passages, a large percussion section imparting a sense of pagan ritual, and much of the darkness and harsh quality of some of Arnold's late symphonies. BBC Philharmonic; Rumon Gamba.