Malcolm Arnold: Symphony No. 8

Malcolm Arnold Symphony No.7
Symphony No.8 (1978) Op. 124
Allegro 11:21
Andantino 07:54
Vivace 06:36

"... even more unsettling in tone than its predecessor. ... ...Irish marching tune of the opening movement, a rare instance of Arnold re-using earlier material; in this case, from the score to Jack Gold's 1969 film The Reckoning.
The composer had lived in the Irish Republic since the mid-1970s, and the oddly distorted character of this music suggests a parallel between the troubled history of the Irish people, and his personal circumstances at the time - soon to collapse into a seven-year period of virtual musical silence." (From the sleeve notes by Richard Whitehouse).

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