Malcolm Arnold: Symphony No. 7

Malcolm Arnold Symphony No.7
Symphony No.7 (1973) Op. 113
Allegro energico 16:23
Andante con moto 13:58
Allegro 07:43

"... the most extreme emotional aura of any of his works... ... Celtic traditional music suddenly strikes up - at first discreetly on harp and woodwind, then brazenly in a graphic evocation of an Irish folk-band.
The main material returns to steer the movement to a seemingly tragic conclusion, but the return of the cow-bell provokes a wholly unexpected outcome - two massive unison chords and three tonic chords which end the symphony, if not in triumph, at least in a mood of hard-won defiance." (From the sleeve notes by Richard Whitehouse).

Malcolm Arnold, the ground breaking British composer.
Malcolm Arnold, the ground breaking British composer.