MALCOLM ARNOLD (1921-2006): Concerto for Piano Duet and Strings, Op. 32, Concerto for 2 Pianos (Three Hands), Op. 104, Fantasy on a Theme of John Field, Op. 116, Beckus the Dandipratt, Op. 5.
Catalogue Number: 11J008
Description: The early (1951) duet concerto is full of technical display, melody and color and the late three-hand work (1969) is unashamedly popular in style but the real find here is also the longest work: the Fantasy, a 23-minute work from 1976 whose brutal stylistic collisions and generally disturbing atmosphere betoken the composer's unstable family life at the time. Phillip Dyson, Kevin Sargent (pianos), Ulster Orchestra; Esa Heikkilä.