Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)

1/5. Donald Macleod pays tribute to the composer who died last month. He talks about Arnold the composer, the professional trumpeter and the conductor.

Clarinet Concerto No 2

Emma Johnson (clarinet)

English Chamber Orchestra

Ivor Bolton (conductor)

Beckus the Dandipratt

London Philharmonic

Eduard van Beinum (conductor)

String Quartet No 1

McCapra Quartet

English Dances, Op 33

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Malcolm Arnold (conductor)


Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)

3/5. Donald Macleod discusses the people who have been closest to the composer, with music he has written for some of them, along with his flute sonata composed for James Galway and the concerto he wrote for his own instrument, the trumpet.

Allegro; Quickly (2 Piano Pieces, 1941)

Benjamin Frith (piano)

5 songs by William Blake

Pamela Bowden (contralto)

BBC Northern Orchestra

Malcolm Arnold (conductor)

Four Cornish Dances

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Flute Sonata, Op 121

Judith Pearce (flute)

Ian Brown (piano)

Trumpet Concerto

John Wallace (trumpet)

Bournemouth Sinfonietta

Norman del Mar (conductor)


Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)

4/5. Donald Macleod discusses how the composer has been an enormous source of encouragement to groups and individuals across the music spectrum, from school orchestras to rock group Deep Purple, and his friend Sir William Walton.

Little Suite No 1 for Brass Band

Grimethorpe Colliery Band

Elgar Howarth (conductor)

Fantasy for Cello

Julian Lloyd Webber (cello)

Song of Simeon

Mary....Ann Dowall (soprano)

Joseph....Christopher Keyte (bass)

Innkeeper....Forbes Robinson (bass)

Innkeeper's Wife....Jean Allister (contralto)

Simeon....Ian Partridge (tenor)

Woman from Galilee....Ursula Connors (soprano)

Boy....Simon Hutton

Ambrosian Singers

English Chamber Orchestra

Malcolm Arnold (conductor)


Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)

2/5. Sir Malcolm, known for his love of practical jokes and his ebullient, gregarious personality, suffered for most of his life from some sort of depressive illness, making life very difficult for those closest to him. Donald Macleod discusses the two sides of Arnold's nature.

Homage to the Queen - ballet suite

Royal Aarhus Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra

Douglas Bostock (conductor)

Clarinet Sonatina, Op 29

Michael Collins (clarinet)

Ian Brown (piano)

Fantasy on a Theme of John Field

John Lill (piano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Vernon Handley (conductor)