MALCOLM ARNOLD (1921-2006): Philharmonic Concerto, Op. 120, Fantasy on a theme of John Field for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 116, Symphony No. 7, Op. 113, JOHN FIELD (1782-1837): Nocturne No. 7 in C "Rêverie".
Catalogue Number: 03Q012
Label: Dutton Epoch
Reference: CDLX 7318
Description: Oddly, even though we'd offered new recordings of both during the last decade, neither the Fantasy nor the Philharmonic Concerto are still in print so here they are again along with another work of the mid-70s, when Arnold's well-known mental demons were running rampant and are very much present in each of these works and when, in 1975, he attempted suicide. The Fantasy is probably the most brutal crime ever inflicted on a Classical theme to produce an alarmingly compelling exercise in steamrolling virtuosity. Peter Donohoe (piano), Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Martin Yates.