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Re: Sir Malcolm Arnold's Symphony No.7
Posted by Nick Barnard on March 19, 2015, 2:33 pm, in reply to "Sir Malcolm Arnold's Symphony No.7"
Prompted by this thread I have got hold of a score of Arnold's 7th. As per my earlier supposition - Handley is *way* off the tempo markings in the score - I still have not heard Yates but Gamba is much much closer.
Revisiting the work I must admit to finding that the terse almost harsh effect of the faster tempi makes for a very compelling listening experience. It also makes it a lot harder for the players - giving the music a precipitous feeling of being on the edge of collapse that to my ear ear adds to the drama.
As so often with Arnold - more than many composers - I think it is very important for interpreters to 'trust' the composer. Yes that really was what he meant and wanted. Too often the "rough corners" (deliberate use of " ") and notional lapses of taste are smoothed away - stick with the letter of the score and the result is often extraordinary.
- Sir Malcolm Arnold's Symphony No.7 - Colin Mackie March 12, 2015, 1:50 am
- Re: Sir Malcolm Arnold's Symphony No.7 - Dan Morgan March 12, 2015, 10:35 am
- Re: Sir Malcolm Arnold's Symphony No.7 - nick barnard March 12, 2015, 11:38 am
- Re: Sir Malcolm Arnold's Symphony No.7 - William Kreindler March 12, 2015, 11:09 pm
- Re: Sir Malcolm Arnold's Symphony No.7 - Paul Serotsky March 13, 2015, 11:07 am
- Re: Sir Malcolm Arnold's Symphony No.7 - Nick Barnard March 19, 2015, 2:33 pm
- Re: Sir Malcolm Arnold's Symphony No.7 - Colin Mackie March 24, 2015, 1:47 am
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