Arnold: Complete Music for Solo Piano

COMPOSERS: Arnold
LABELS: Koch
WORKS: Complete Music for Solo Piano
PERFORMER: Benjamin Frith (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: 3-7162-2 DDD
Piano music is hardly what Malcolm Arnold is best known for, so this album is something of a surprise. Most are early works dating from the Thirties and Forties. All are instantly accessible and melodic; often dreamy, often ironic, sometimes shadowy and frequently contrasting the sublime with the ridiculous. Many are simple but appealing pieces for children; a lot of them exercises in technique. A delightful collection, with Benjamin Frith lucid and sparkling. Ian Lace

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